NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Metro Nashville leaders will move into another phase of COVID-19 vaccinations this week.
Currently, people in Phase 1b and those 70 and older have been receiving the vaccine. Metro Health officials said 30,000 residents 70 and older have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and there were a total of 58,000 residents in that group.
Starting Friday, residents over 65 years of age can make reservations and receive their first dose of the vaccine.
The health department says slots for those 65 and over will open at 7 a.m. Friday, February 26. Appointments can be scheduled by clicking here or by calling 615-862-7777 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. A Spanish language phone number is available at 615-326-9986.
The 65 and older age group will be offered multiple appointment options each day, seven days a week at the Music City Center.
The following information will be requested when someone signs up for an appointment:
- Date of birth
- Primary language
- Race/ethnicity (optional)
- Phone number
- Email (optional)
Metro Health officials also wanted to remind people there are other ways to get the vaccine, including through Vanderbilt Health.
The Walmart Supercenter on Charlotte Pike will also have an event to mass-vaccinate people over the next five days. Walmart will follow the same guidelines as counties, so that’ll be for people 65 and older and those on phase 1-b. CLICK HERE to register.
Metro health leaders are expecting the county to get about 12,000 doses of the vaccine next week.
“Each week, it ends up that we get a little bit more than what was initially allocated and I appreciate the state’s partnership for doing that,” said Metro Nashville Coronavirus Task Force Chair Dr. Alex Jahangir. “Johnson & Johnson’s review is tomorrow. Dr. Hildreth is on that panel. If that committee approves it and the FDA does all the sign-offs, that vaccine will also enter our supply chain very quickly.”
Metro leaders are also working to make sure the vaccine is equally distributed to minority communities. There’s a town hall event being hosted on the topic next week.
CLICK HERE for information on getting vaccinated in Davidson County.
From availability to current phases, find vaccine information for every Tennessee county using News 2’s Vaccine Tracker map.