Health officials will no longer be offering the COVID-19 vaccination on a first-come, first-served basis in the near future.
In a Friday press conference, Tennessee Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey announced a new online appointment system is being devised to reduce the long waits in line that people seeking the vaccine are experiencing.
We realized that it’s a little bit more of a hurdle on the front end to do the online scheduling, but I think – not only for staff and health departments, but certainly the public at large – that will be a much more satisfying system than sitting around for several hours, and may or may not get a dose,” Dr. Piercey said during the press conference.
No additional details were offered as to how the online system would work or when it would be operational.
Officials with the Hamilton County Health Department said they would use a similar system in the future. Again, no further details were provided.
Vaccine rollout comes as there is no slowdown in the pandemic. As of Friday, Tennessee reported 6,369 new COVID-19 cases, 3,249 current hospitalizations and 126 new deaths for a total of 7,618 deaths since the pandemic began. Tennessee is currently averaging 7,686 new cases a day over the past week.