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COVID-19 vaccine appointments available

The Northeast Tennessee County Health Departments have available COVID-19 vaccine appointments.
Effective Mar. 8, local health departments began vaccinating Phase 1-c  of the Tennessee COVID-19 Vaccination Plan which includes residents 16 years or older with medical conditions, caregivers of people with high-risk medical conditions and pregnant women.
Kristin Spencer of the Northeast Region County Health Department said appointments are available in all counties for next week. Tennesseans including residents of Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Unicoi, and Washington Counties can find out if they’re eligible and register  by visiting https://vaccinate.tn.gov/
The online portal is the fastest way to register for a COVID-19 vaccination, but persons who do not have internet access may contact the Northeast Region Vaccination Registration Line at 423-979-4689 for registration assistance. The registration line is available Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. eastern time.
Spencer said getting a COVID-19 vaccine is the best and safest way to become immure to COVID-19 and encourages everyone age 16  and older to take advantage of increasing vaccine availability when they are in phase.
She especially emphasized with persons age 16 and older, who have been diagnosed with diabetes, obesity, and persons with progressive neuromuscular diseases such as ALS, multiple sclerosis or muscular dystrophy.
Tennessee continues vaccinating those age 65 and older in addition to those eligible of COVID-19 vaccinations based on risk categories. 
Appointments for the vaccine can be booked through the Carter County Health Department at COVID19.tn.gov
As of Friday, vaccinations were being given at the Elizabethton Wal-Mart, Burgie Drug Store, Food City Pharmacy, and Carter County Health. Also, vaccinations are being given at Ingles Pharmacy. Appointments are required at all locations.