Vaccine appointments being rescheduled due to winter storms

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Posted at 5:04 PM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 21:35:27-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — People are racing to reschedule their COVID-19 vaccine appointments following the snow and ice storm.

The vaccine clinic at the Music City Center was closed for days last week due to the winter weather. Drew Howerton is one of the people who had to reschedule. "I didn’t have like an email or know where it was, I didn’t know it was here, so I called at got ahold of them, and I couldn’t find online that it was canceled, but I found out after I called that they were closed all week," Howerton said.

Fortunately, it all worked out and he got a new appointment on Monday. "They said just to come in this week," Howerton said.

According to the Metro Public Health Department, people who were scheduled to get their second dose last week should come on the same day and time this week. People who were supposed to get their first dose last week should wait. Brian Todd said, "We’re going to call and reschedule those first doses."

Brian Todd said they're trying to prevent long lines since approximately 1,200 people are vaccinated at the Music City Center every day.

This week, other counties have moved to sign up people 65 years and older to get vaccinated. We're told many of those appointments filled up quickly.

The Tennessee Department of Health and the Nashville Health Department are in different phases. Davidson County is still vaccinating people ages 70 and up, "and we’ll be there for a few more weeks partly because we were out of business last week due to the snowstorm," Todd said.

Todd said there were vaccine shipment delays due to the winter weather, but they've made it now. Todd said, "And we have about 8.500 doses that we got so we seem to be getting a smooth kind of system in place."

If all goes as planned, they will reopen the vaccine waitlist on Wednesday. The free COVID-19 testing centers also reopened on Monday.