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MPHD creates 'Standby List' to ensure no COVID-19 vaccines go to waste

Metro Nashville's vaccine clinic
Posted at 4:08 PM, Jan 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-12 08:31:05-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Metro Public Health Department (MPHD) announced a new initiative to ensure no doses of COVID-19 vaccine are wasted. The “Standby List” will begin Tuesday, January 12.

Vaccinations take place most weekdays in East Nashville, but to make sure any remaining doses don't go to waste, the department has created the "Standby List."

Each vial of vaccine holds five doses, meaning a maximum of four doses would be offered through the Standby List on a given day. Once all appointments are completed the department will then determine the remaining number of doses, which will go to the corresponding number of randomly chosen people on the list.

To be eligible, participants should be able to be in the Five Points area of East Nashville (vaccination location) within half an hour of the drawing of the names at 2:30 p.m. They must also include a phone number and be prepared to answer a call from a telephone number they do not recognize.

Those who are chosen from the Standby List to receive a vaccine dose will be told where to go to receive their dose and a unique code to ensure security. Those receiving a dose through the Standby List will also be instructed on procedures to receive their second dose.

Those interested should email COVID19VaccineStandby@nashville.gov to enter their name each day the Standby list is operational.

Once the remaining doses have been allocated, the list of entries will be deleted in its entirety. This will ensure those who enter each day will be available for their vaccination, should their entry be chosen. Each person is encouraged to enter no more than one time per day. Those entering multiple times a day will be disqualified.

The department encouraged everyone to follow their social media accounts to learn of changes and when the Standby List is operational.