NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Nashville Office of Emergency Management, in partnership with Meharry Medical College and the Metro Public Health Department, opened a new Community Assessment Center to offer COVID-19 testing and vaccinations on Tuesday.
Organizers opened a second site to help with the long lines and to serve more community people.
"The simple phrase of 'loving your neighbor' might sound cliche but if you do get the virus, the chances of hospitalization decrease and in addition if you live with someone elderly or come in contact with them, it decreases the chances they get hospitalized," Dr. Julie Gray of Meharry Medical College said.
The Community Assessment Center will be located at 350 28th Avenue N., Nashville, TN 37209. The Community Assessment Center is in a parking lot located next to the 28th Avenue / 31st Avenue Connector off Charlotte Avenue near Centennial Park.
Meharry Medical College, Nashville Public Health and OEM will operate the site Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Operations are subject to change depending on the weather.
The Community Assessment Center located at the site of the former Kmart at 2491 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37217 will continue to offer testing and vaccinations.
Services are free at both community assessment centers operated by Meharry Medical College. They offer the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. However, they do not offer rapid testing.
"From the beginning to now we always preach to be socially responsible," Dr. Gray said, "...if you do those things we can get a handle, when we don't, that's when virus continues to spread."
Community members are also encouraged to get tested and vaccinated at Metro Public Health events around Davidson County.