72,000 In-Bound Calls to Health Department’s Public Information Line

County Urges Understanding   On Friday, Jan. 21 the Health Department’s Public Information Line received more than 70,000 inbound calls. A majority of those calls came in between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., which was 30 minutes before and after KCHD opened registration for 1,000 additional first dose COVID-19 vaccination appointments for the clinic taking place […]

KCHD to schedule additional 1,000 COVID-19 first-dose vaccination appointments  

UPDATE: All appointments for Jan. 23 have been filled. As expected, with the advance notice, appointments filled up quickly.   Today at 11 a.m., the Knox County Health Department (KCHD) will open up registration for 1,000 first-dose COVID-19 vaccine appointments on Saturday, January 23, at the Expo Center.   Qualifying individuals – such as health care […]

KCHD: Demand Outpacing Supply for COVID-19 Vaccine 

Demand for the COVID-19 vaccine in Knox County is significantly outpacing supply. With just 4,700 vaccines in hand—most of which went to health care workers and first responders—the Knox County Health Department must rely on the State and vaccine distributors with regard to how quickly it can vaccinate citizens. KCHD’s remaining doses have all been […]

KCHD prioritizing vaccination efforts, changing contact tracing strategy 

To prioritize vaccination efforts, the Knox County Health Department is changing its contact tracing and case investigation strategy. An important tool in a typical outbreak, contact tracing is less effective than vaccination when such a high level of community transmission is occurring.    Contact tracers are, in effect, disease detectives. They interview people who have […]

KCHD prioritizing vaccination efforts, changing contact tracing strategy

To prioritize vaccination efforts, the Knox County Health Department is changing its contact tracing and case investigation strategy. An important tool in a typical outbreak, contact tracing is less effective than vaccination when such a high level of community transmission is occurring. Contact tracers are, in effect, disease detectives. They interview people who have recently […]

Gov. Lee Announces New COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Tool

Gov. Lee Announces New COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Tool

Provides Tennesseans with Vaccine Updates   Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced a new digital tool to help inform Tennesseans when they will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.   “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 […]

TDH Updates COVID-19 Vaccination Plan

The Tennessee Department of Health has updated the Tennessee COVID-19 Vaccination Plan and its phased approach to administering COVID-19 vaccines to Tennesseans. “COVID-19 vaccines remain limited at this time, and Tennessee’s allocation plan prioritizes those most at risk of illness and death from COVID-19,” said Tennessee Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey, MD, MBA, FAAP. “The plan also prioritizes critical […]