JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Ballad Health will begin providing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations at its community vaccination centers (CVCs) in Tennessee to anyone ages 16 and up, starting Wednesday, March 24.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced on Monday that all Tennessee adults will be eligible to receive vaccinations by no later than April 5. Subsequently, the Sullivan County Health Department approved expansion of eligibility for the vaccine to anyone 16 and older. Other regional health departments are in the process of approving the expansion.
People do not need to be a resident of Tennessee to receive the vaccination at the Ballad Health CVCs in Kingsport or Elizabethton; anyone is welcome.
To make an appointment for a vaccination, call Ballad Health Nurse Connect at 833-822-5523 (833-8-BALLAD).
“I am proud that we are able to work in conjunction with our local health departments and open up vaccine eligibility to the greater population so any adult who wants to receive the COVID-19 vaccine can do so,” said Eric Deaton, Ballad Health’s chief operating officer and incident commander.
“We hope this will help us drive down cases in the region as more and more of our community reaches full immunity.”
Jamie Swift, Ballad Health’s chief infection prevention officer, said opening up vaccinations to the general public is critical right now.
“The positive rate and the number of COVID cases in our region have increased over the last two weeks,” she said, “and Ballad Health’s inpatient COVID-19 census is nearing 100 after it was below 70 just two weeks ago. So now is the time to do this, now is the time to get your vaccine.”
Tennessee CVCs offering vaccine to anyone ages 16 and up
- The Kingsport community vaccination center is located at 2000 Brookside Drive and will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- The Elizabethton community vaccination center is located at 1509 W. Elk Avenue and will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- Both Ballad Health CVCs in Tennessee will only offer the Pfizer vaccine, which is the only one currently approved for use by 16- and 17-year-olds.
- Calling Nurse Connect to make an appointment is recommended, but people can also visit the health system’s main webpage at www.balladhealth.org and its COVID-19 page at www.balladhealth.org/COVID19.
“Ballad Health has led the way in COVID-19 testing and in offering vaccinations for each approved phase,” Deaton said, “and now we’re glad to be among the first to offer vaccinations to the general public.”
Super Saturday event on March 27
Ballad Health is also opening its community vaccination centers in Kingsport and Elizabethton in Tennessee, and in Norton and Abingdon, Virginia, on Saturday, March 27, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. for all community members who meet previously set state guidelines. The health system will also add a one-day vaccine site in Greeneville, Tennessee, on March 27 to serve the greater population.
Appointments are not required and walk-ins are welcome, but Ballad Health will only have a limited supply of vaccines available at each site.
Detailed information about each vaccination site in the Review’s readership area:
1509 W. Elk Ave.
400 vaccine doses available
438 E. Vann Road, Suite 100
200 vaccine doses available
2205 Pavilion Drive
300 vaccine doses available
“As vaccine supply becomes more abundant, we’re taking steps to make the vaccine more available and accessible,” Swift said. “We have typically done vaccine appointments from Monday through Friday at our CVCs, but our Super Saturday event will allow us to better meet the needs of even more community members.”
Anyone who is experiencing symptoms and believes they might have been exposed to COVID-19 is advised to call Ballad Health Nurse Connect at 833-822-5523.
COVID-19 news and updates will continue to be shared to www.balladhealth.org/COVID19.