The Robertson County Health Department has begun giving the coronavirus vaccine to citizens’ in state’s phase 1a1 and phase 1a2 categories.
The vaccine is the Moderna brand with the booster, which only requires normal freezer storage.
The 1a1 category is for hospital workers, and the 1a2 category is for health care workers, first responders and those who are 75 and up.
For right now, NorthCrest Medical Center and the local health department are the only vaccine distribution sites. Vaccinations are being completed by appointment only.
To schedule an appointment, on the Tennessee Department of Healths’ website, there is a new interactive map, as well as a hotline.
For the interactive map, Robertson County citizens who connect to phases 1a1 and 1a2 can click on the map and click on their county to get on a list to be scheduled for an appointment.
To schedule by phone, the hotline number is 866-442-5301.
When the county receives vaccines, citizens on the list will be contacted and given an appointment time and location to receive their vaccination.
For Robertson County, all hospital workers will have received a vaccine within the next couple of weeks.
As for the vaccine reaching the general population, “It’s going to be awhile,” said Northcrest President and CEO Randy Davis. “We’re doing a great job of distributing the vaccines that the State has allocated and getting them into peoples’ arms as quickly as possible.
“The federal allocation of vaccines is frustrating. We want more, but every state wants more. So, I can’t fault that. I think the way hospitals are working with the health departments seems to be good. Internally, I can’t say there’s been any lessons learned. We’ve been giving out vaccines forever. Now it’s just more of an expedited process.
“Overall, the vaccine has been a success. Because of that, I think we’re seeing more and more of the people who at first did not get the vaccine are kind of going ok yeah well now I see it’s safe and so I’ll take it myself. It seems to be working well.”
The State of Tennessee is number four in the nation for the number of vaccines given - 169,070 as of last week.