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State implements COVID-19 vaccine appointment portal

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The State of Tennessee is attempting to make the COVID-19 vaccination process a little more streamlined with the announcement of a new registration portal.
Many Wilson County residents were left frustrated last week when they tried to get through to the Wilson County Health Department, but couldn’t get anyone to answer so they could schedule an appointment. Some were confused about the process.
“As many may be aware, the health department is extremely busy,” said Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto. “Employees are providing COVID-19 testing and administering vaccines on top of their usual workload. The launch of the new sign-up portal, which adds the current phase populations onto the waiting list, will help speed things along.”
The State of Tennessee is trying to help that with the portal. How it works is if you are unsure if you are eligible, you go to https://covid19.tn.gov/covid-19-vaccines/eligibility/.
If you are unsure what phase Wilson County is currently, you can go to https://covid19.tn.gov/covid-19-vaccines/vaccine-phases/. Wilson County is currently in phases 1a1 and 1a2, as well as people aged 75+. Phase 1a1 includes inpatient and other high exposure health care workers, residents and staff of long term care facilities, persons 18 years and older unable to live independently and first responders. Phase 1a2 includes all other health care workers, funeral and mortuary workers and persons aged 75 and older.
If you are in the current phase, you can go to https://covid19.tn.gov/covid-19-vaccines/vaccine-phases/ to register for a vaccine with the Wilson County Health Department. Click Wilson County on the map and then click “Make an Appointment” to register. Those who register will be asked to enter their name and contact information to be notified of their appointment date, time and location as soon as vaccine becomes available.
You can also reach this site through the Wilson County Government’s website by clicking on COVID-19 Resources and finding the link that says “COVID-19 Vaccine Waiting List”. That will lead you to a signup portal that is located at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/wilson_priority_list. If you have trouble accessing the internet, you can call the COVID-19 hotline at (866)442-5301.
“In addition to creating a strong infrastructure for distribution, we’re currently one of the top states in the nation for total doses administered, vaccinating more than 150,000 Tennesseans in just two weeks,” said Tennessee Governor Bill Lee. “This tool is yet another step we’re taking to provide Tennesseans with critical information as our vaccine supply increases and more phases become eligible.”
Those who received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine prior to Jan. 8 will be contacted by the health department to schedule their second dose appointment. These individuals will be called by the health department’s regional office once their appointment is ready to be scheduled. From there, they will be given instructions to access a separate registration link, where they can schedule their second dose. On Jan. 8, the health department began offering a QR code. The new QR codes may be scanned on-site via smartphone, which take individuals to a website where they may schedule their second dose appointments.
“The state-run Wilson County Health Department is working diligently to provide the COVID-19 vaccine to our most vulnerable populations,” said Hutto. “We appreciate everyone’s patience and thank all of the healthcare workers and volunteers that are making this possible!”
If you have general questions about the vaccine you can call the COVID-19 Public Information Line at (877)857-2945 or (833)556-2476 between 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Friday and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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