Metro to begin administering COVID-19 vaccines at Music City Center

Music City Center
Posted at 12:20 PM, Jan 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-28 21:37:21-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Metro Public Health Department will begin to transition into the Music City Center this week as a site for COVID-19 vaccinations.

Vaccinations that are offered at the East Nashville location will end on Friday and instead will be given at the Music City Center in Exhibit Hall A.

During his weekly COVID-19 update, Mayor John Cooper said the goal is to administer 1,000 doses daily at the Music City Center.

"This weekend, Metro will begin vaccinating those with appointments at the Music City Center. Depending on vaccine availability, public health is planning to administer 1,000 doses a day, seven days a week. The opening of the Music City vaccination site gives us even more capacity to immunize our residents when we begin receiving more vaccines," Cooper said.

Metro is currently in phase 1a of the distribution plan, which includes 75,000 people who work and live in Davidson County and 34,000 residents who are 75 or older.

As of January 28, there have been 81,428 vaccine doses administered in Metro Nashville, Cooper said. The health department has administered 13,208 of those doses, the rest were administered by health care, hospital and nursing home partners.

Davidson County is more than 90% complete with phase 1a1, which is first responders and health care workers, according to Cooper. About 24% of the 75 and older population has started their vaccinations. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines which are being administered both require two doses.

Dr. Alex Jahangir, chairman of Nashville's coronavirus task force, said nearly 40,000 Nashville residents have received their first dose, which is about 6% of the county's population.

Cooper said he hopes Davidson County can begin phase 1b in February, which includes teachers and child care workers. He said the timing of this depends on the number of doses the county receives. Dr. Jahangir said supply is the single limiting factor in the distribution process right now.

Those who have an appointment through MPHD to receive the first vaccine dose this weekend will be vaccinated at the Music City Center. For residents who are returning for a second dose, MPHD asks you to return to the Lentz Public Health Center.

Beginning Saturday, February 6, all first and second doses will be administered at the Music City Center. Appointments are required. Residents can get added to the waitlist online by clicking here or by calling 615-862-7777.

Free parking at the Music City Center will be available to people getting a vaccine. The convention center requests people park on level P2 within the center's garage off of 6th Ave.