New vaccines and lower age qualification in Hamilton County

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – The Hamilton County Health Department announces more vaccines and more people eligible for them.

Our local department will now align with the state guidelines dropping the age limit to 65  beginning on Monday.

So now, these groups are eligible to make an appointment:

Age Group Bracket:

  • 65 years or older, must be a Hamilton County resident
  • No specific medical conditions are required

Phase 1B includes:

  • Childcare, pre-school, and kindergarten through twelfth grade teachers
  • School staff
  • School bus drivers
  • Other first responders (including dispatch, administrative personnel and other emergency communications personnel not included in Phase 1a1)

Phase 1a2 includes:

Other Health Care Workers with Direct Patient Exposure

  • Primary care providers and staff
  • Outpatient specialty providers and staff working with acute patients
  • Pharmacists and staff
  • Patient transport
  • Outpatient therapists
  • Urgent visit center providers and staff
  • Environmental services
  • Oral health providers
  • Behavioral health providers
  • Outpatient laboratory staff working with COVID-19 specimens
  • Funeral/mortuary workers with direct decedent contact

Phase 1a1 includes:

  • Hospital/Free-Standing Emergency Department Staff with Direct Patient Exposure and/or Exposure to Potentially-Infectious Materials
  • Home health care staff
  • COVID-19 mass testing site staff
  • Student health providers
  • Staff & Residents of Long Term Care Facilities
  • (Skilled Nursing Facilities, Assisted Living Centers, Homes for the Aged, DIDD Residential Centers, Group Homes)
  • First Responders with Direct Public Exposure including Jailers
  • Individuals >18yrs who cannot live independently due to serious chronic medical condition or intellectual or developmental disabilities

The Health Department also announces they have 4,080 new first dose of Pfizer vaccines available.

You will need to make an appointment for them.

Go to the vaccine website to make your appointment or call one of the following phone lines.

  • First dose appointments: 423-209-5398
  • Second dose appointments: 423-209-5399
  • Calling hours are 8AM-4PM Monday through Friday

The new vaccines are scheduled for:

  • February 22 & 23 at the CARTA Bus Barn
  • February 27 & 28 at Enterprise South Nature Park


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