Tennessee: 16 and older can get the Covid-19 vaccine – all the details

Tennessee: 16 and older can get the Covid-19 vaccine – all the details

The Sullivan County Regional Health Department is expanding COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to include anyone 16 years or older.

The health department announced that beginning Wednesday, vaccines will be open to all Tennesseans aged 16 and older and all phases of the state’s vaccination plan.

Those under 18 will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian in order to receive a vaccine.

Beginning next week, the health department will expand vaccination appointment hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 7 p.m. Call center hours will be also be expanded to 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The health department announced that appointments are open at the following locations for first doses of the Pfizer vaccine:

  • Whitetop Creek Park: March 25, March 26, and March 29-April 1
  • Kingsport Civic Auditorium: March 25 and March 26

Call 423-279-2777 to schedule a vaccination appointment. Additional appointments will open up next week.

Ballad Health also announced Tuesday that it is opening vaccinations to those 16 and older.

On Monday, Gov. Bill Lee said that all Tennessee adults will be eligible for vaccination no later than April 5.

Ballad Health is making its vaccine locations open to everyone over the age of 16 in the Volunteer State this week.

Ballad Health issued a release stating that anyone over the age requirement could receive a vaccination at the Ballad Heath community vaccination centers in Kingsport or Elizabethton. Even residents of other states can receive their vaccines at these locations, according to Ballad Health.

The CVCs are located at 2000 Brookside Drive in Kingsport and 1509 W. Elk Avenue in Elizabethton. Both centers will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Both Ballad Health CVCs in Tennessee will only offer the Pfizer vaccine, which is the only one currently approved for use by 16- and 17-year-olds,” the release states.

To make an appointment to receive a vaccine from Ballad Health, call Ballad Health Nurse Connect at 833-822-5523 (833-8-BALLAD). You can also click here for more information on vaccinations.

“I am proud that we are able to work in conjunction with our local health departments and open up vaccine eligibility to the greater population so any adult who wants to receive the COVID-19 vaccine can do so,” said Eric Deaton, Ballad Health’s chief operating officer and incident commander.

The health system is also hosting a “Super Saturday” event for people in the region who meet previously set state guidelines on March 27 at the following CVCs:

  • Abingdon, Virginia
    611 Campus Drive
    400 vaccine doses available
  • Elizabethton, Tennessee
    1509 W. Elk Ave.
    400 vaccine doses available
  • Greeneville, Tennessee
    438 E. Vann Road, Suite 100
    200 vaccine doses available
  • Kingsport, Tennessee
    2205 Brookside Drive
    300 vaccine doses available
  • Norton, Virginia
    100 15th St. NW
    200 vaccine doses available

Appointments are not necessary during the “Super Saturday” event. The Greeneville CVC will be open just for the one-day event.