HCHD Confirms More Shipments of COVID-19 Vaccine
The Hamilton County Health Department announced it has received more shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine. As a result, persons living or working in Hamilton County with Phase 1a1 or Phase 1a2 status can now receive the vaccine. The system no longer requires that the individual bring a Vaccine Allocation Card. However, individuals must provide their work ID or proof of employment. Only individuals with Phase 1a1 or Phase 1a2 status are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at this time.
Phase 1a1 includes:
- Hospital/free-standing emergency department staff with direct patient exposure and/or exposure to potentially-infectious materials
- Home health care staff
- COVID-19 mass testing site staff
- Student health providers
- Staff and residents of long-term care facilities (skilled nursing facilities, assisted living centers, homes for the aged, DIDD residential centers, group homes)
- First responders with direct public exposure
Phase 1a2 includes:
Other health care workers with direct patient exposure:
- Primary care providers and staff
- Outpatient specialty providers and staff working with acute patients
- Pharmacists and staff
- Patient transport
- Outpatient therapists
- Urgent visit center providers and staff
- Environmental services
- Oral health providers
- Behavioral health providers
Time: Wednesday and Thursday, December 30 and 31 from 9AM-5PM. The Hamilton County Health Department does not require an appointment. The line at the vaccination site can be long and possibly take up to two hours in some cases.
Location: 4301 Amnicola Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37406. Enter the Tennessee Riverpark from the entrance near Chattanooga State (not the entrance near the Navy Reserve Center).
The complete list of Phase professions can be found on Hamilton County’s website.
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