The state health department overseeing the southeast region of Tennessee recently announce it is expanding vaccine eligibility and offering extended hours to increase access to COVID-19 vaccination in the community. The region includes the following counties: Bledsoe, Bradley, Franklin, Grundy, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Polk, Rhea and Sequatchie.

All 10 counties in the southeast region are now vaccinating all residents 16 and older. Local health departments offer COVID-19 vaccination by appointment. To book your appointment, visit Vaccinate.tn.gov and click the blue “Proceed to COVID-19 questionnaire” button at the bottom of the page to start your registration. If you need help scheduling your vaccination, please call 866-442-5301.

The Moderna vaccine is currently authorized for ages 18 and older. The Pfizer vaccine is currently authorized for use in individuals 16 and older. To find a site that offers the Pfizer vaccine, or a clinic near you, visit vaccinefinder.org. To accommodate individuals’ schedules, county health departments are offering some extended hours during the week.

“We’re eager to offer these additional opportunities for people to get their COVID-19 vaccinations in a way that works more conveniently with their schedules,” said Southeast Regional Director Glenn Czarnecki. “The more people who choose to get their vaccinations, the sooner our community can return to normal day-to-day activities.”

The Tennessee Department of Health reminds all Tennessee residents that in addition to vaccination, wearing a face mask, maintaining social distance, and getting tested when exposed or sick are critical to controlling the pandemic.

Tennessee’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan focuses on those most at risk for serious illness and death from COVID-19. Learn what phase of the vaccination plan you’re in at https://covid19.tn.gov/covid-19-vaccines/eligibility/.