Health Dept. begins giving Pfizer booster shots on Monday

By appointment only

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – The Hamilton County Health Department will begin to give Pfizer booster shots next week to those who qualify.

You will need to make an appointment for the vaccines at the Tennessee Riverpark.

But they are not available to everyone.

According to CDC guidelines, here is who qualifies:

o   Individuals 65 years of age and older, or

o   Long term care facility residents age 18 years and older, or

o   Individuals 50-64 years of age with underlying medical conditions that place them at high risk of severe COVID-19 if infected, or

o    Individuals 18-64 who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting, or

  • Examples of occupational or institutional settings include; healthcare worker, teacher, first responder, grocery store worker, worker or resident in a congregate setting and other occupations that deal directly with the public.

o   Individuals 18 -49 years of age with underlying medical conditions that place them at high risk of severe COVID-19 if infected and who perceive the benefit greater than the risk to themselves in receiving the booster dose or were directed by their healthcare provider to receive a booster dose.

And The CDC has not approved a booster shot for Moderna or Janssen’s J+J vaccines at this time.


What is the difference between a 3rd dose and a booster shot? 

  • In August, the CDC approved a 3rd dose of Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems. A 3rd dose is administered at least one month after the 2nd dose series. Those who received a 3rd dose of the Covid-19 vaccine do not need a booster dose at this time.
  • A booster dose is intended for a specific segment of the population at least six months after their Pfizer 2nd dose series.


To make a Pfizer COVID-19 booster appointment at the Tennessee Riverpark:

  • Beginning Friday, September 24, 2021 at 12 p.m., the online appointment system and appointment call centers will go live.

o   To make an appointment online, visit and click on the “Booster Appointment” tab.

o   For those who do not have access to the internet and want to make an appointment over the phone, a call center is available at 423-209-5398 (English) and 423-209-8383 (Spanish).

  • To accelerate the appointment process, visit and complete the booster encounter form under the “Handouts” tab.
  • Bring your “Vaccine Record Card” with you to your appointment. This card has information about your previous doses, including dates of injection and vaccine manufacturer. If you lost your card, Health Department staff have access to the TennIIS system at the vaccination site and will look up your information upon arrival.


Pfizer Primary Series Doses 1-3*

The Health Department continues to offer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to those seeking their primary series doses 1-3* without an appointment at multiple locations throughout the week. Visit the online vaccination calendar at for a list of locations.


Additional resources

  • Booster shots will be available at pharmacies, doctors’ offices, and other locations throughout Hamilton County. Visit to find a location near you.
  • Call the Health Department’s COVID-19 hotline at 423-209-8383 if you have questions about making a vaccine appointment, locating testing, or if you seek isolation or quarantine guidance.
  • Test kits are currently available for ages 2+ at the Health Department Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., while supplies last. For more information, visit
  • For information in Spanish, visit the Health Department’s Spanish Facebook page at



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