Information from the Tennessee Division of Well being confirmed most East Tennessee counties had “restricted” or “no” COVID-19 vaccines left.
KNOX COUNTY, Tenn — When seniors 75 years outdated and up turned eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, Amy Christian tried to get her mother and father an appointment. Her mother is 79 with underlying situations. Her dad is 85 with Alzheimer’s.
“They wish to get protected,” Christian mentioned. “They don’t seem to be even desirous to exit even to the grocery retailer anymore.”
However up to now, Christian has not been in a position to get them a spot. She’s known as the Sevier County Well being Division, the East Area COVID-19 hotline and visited the Eventbrite hyperlinks. They’ve even tried a few of the surrounding counties.
“It’s extremely irritating … they are not tech-savvy in any respect and it simply appears like we’re getting the run round,” Christian mentioned. “I do not see how persons are getting these appointments once we’ve carried out all we are able to do.”
Tom and Sally Brown, of Anderson County, have been annoyed with the sign-up course of too.
“As finest as I can inform, there’s one telephone quantity that you just’re purported to name in the event you stay in any one of many ten counties that surrounds Knox County,” Tom Brown mentioned. “I attempted it and I acquired nowhere.”
Corie Gouge, the general public data officer for the East Tennessee area, mentioned all of these counties presently have a wait record.
“We’ve got an a really excessive name quantity in all of our counties and on our COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline,” Gouge mentioned in an electronic mail to 10News. “Anybody that calls wishing to obtain the vaccine is positioned on a waitlist and once we obtain extra vaccine or when they’re eligible we are going to notify them.”
Tom Brown did his analysis and wrote to Governor Invoice Lee’s workplace about their expertise attempting to get the vaccine. In the meantime, his spouse Sally stored calling and eventually acquired them added them to a wait record on Friday afternoon.
They acquired the decision again they have been ready for the very subsequent day.
“Lo and behold, they known as me… wished to know if we may present up for my 9:30 Monday morning appointment,” Tom Brown mentioned. “It was nice.”
Sally Brown mentioned Monday cannot come quickly sufficient.
“I despatched an electronic mail to our daughter in Norway about it,” she mentioned. “I used to be so excited. So sure, we’re thrilled.”
Subsequent week, state well being commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey mentioned the state will transition to an internet appointment scheduling system.
“That is an effort to attenuate the quantity of people that wait in line for hours and hours after which generally may very well be turned away on account of exhausted stock,” she mentioned. “We have by no means undertaken one thing this large so there are going to be classes realized alongside the way in which.”