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“Some of our mobile clinics have experienced higher participation rates, others less. We are constantly re-evaluating our strategy to make sure we are reaching our community where it is and getting our message out effectively, ”said Forbes-Hubbard. “We know that whether we have eight or 80 people in a clinic, every injection we give gets us all one step closer to normal life.”
In Tennessee on Friday, the Sullivan County Regional Health Department announced it would deploy “strike teams” throughout its service area to provide Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccinations in churches local, business and other interested organizations.
Also on Friday, the department held its last public vaccination clinic in Whitetop Creek Park. Vaccines are now scheduled to be administered at his office in Blountville. This is quite a contrast to the long lines in January, February and March, when people sometimes waited hours to receive their first and second shots.
Starting May 25, COVID-19 vaccinations will be administered at the Blountville Health Department on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., according to a written statement. Appointments can be made by calling 423-279-2777, but walk-ins are also welcome.
Federal health officials recently approved the provision of vaccines to children as young as 12.
“Earlier this month, we went to all of our schools and offered the Pfizer vaccine to people 16 and over,” Forbes-Hubbard said. “Now that Pfizer is licensed for ages 12 and over, we have clinics scheduled this week and next to go back to schools and bring Pfizer to this population. We have been pleased with the number of students vaccinated and enrolled so far, and we know that many parents have taken their teenagers for Pfizer vaccination to a local pharmacy or health system clinic.