Unclear how vaccine providers will stop 'line jumpers'

Posted at 9:20 PM, Jan 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-06 00:04:00-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — According to Tennessee's vaccination plan, when you can get the COVID-19 vaccine could depend on what job you have, even in the later phases. So what safeguards are in place to make sure people don't cut in line? We found that answer isn't very clear.

As more people become eligible to get the vaccine as Tennessee eventually moves past Phase 1, national chain pharmacies like Walgreens and CVS have signed on to help administer the vaccine nationwide, and they’re part of Tennessee’s plan too.

Both Walgreens and CVS say they will work with the state and federal government to focus on at-risk people first, but they don’t offer details on how they will verify that the person wanting a vaccine is actually part of an eligible group (for example, telecommunications or utility workers in Tennessee's phase 2).

A CVS spokesperson says they will use an online appointment system with a questionnaire to determine vaccine eligibility, similar to how it schedules flu shots now.

They say they will confirm patient eligibility but wouldn’t talk about how saying it’s too early to address those details.

In addition to CVS, we reached out to Walgreens and the Tennessee Department of Health for information on how they plan to stop line jumpers, but so far we have not heard back from them.