With the COVID-19 vaccine supply line being questionable, the Franklin County Health Department is handling all vaccinations be appointment only.
Initially, appointments were being set up by calling the Health Department at 931-967-3826.
However, the process has been changed to online registration in an attempt to meet the demand for vaccinations.
The adjusted process will allow residents to sign up and get on a list for vaccinations without having to directly call the Health Department.
The department is reminding residents that the registration process puts them on a waiting list and eligible recipients will be notified once the vaccine is available in Franklin County. At that point, they will be able to schedule appointments.
The department is advising those wanting vaccinations to make sure they are in eligible brackets, now limited to those 75 and older and medical and emergency personnel.
To sign up for the vaccination process, go to www.signupgenius.com/go/franklin-waiting-list.
Amanda Goodhard, Health Department public information officer, said vaccinations appointments are being scheduled on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Health Department office building, 266 Joyce Lane in Winchester.
Goodhard said drive-up COVID-19 testing will be done on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon at the Health Department. She added that the tests will be done personally with the testing items to be placed in a bin.
The Health Department moved the vaccination schedule to appointment only after limited supplies ran out early on Dec. 30 and Jan. 2.
Shortages also occurred on Jan. 4, Jan. 5 and Jan. 6, halting the three days’ planned inoculation periods.
Vaccinations were scheduled to be given at the Health Department Monday through Friday from 1-4 p.m.
However, a shortage interrupted Monday’s schedule, and word was received that no more vaccines were available on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Franklin County Mayor David Alexander confirmed that it was unclear when vaccine supplies would be available.
The Tennessee Department of Health began distributing COVID-19 vaccines to residents age 75 and older, along with qualifying medical personnel, on Dec. 30 as soon as the first shipments arrived in Franklin County.
The Mayor’s Office said in a press release on Dec. 31 that the county received the Moderna vaccine, but the distribution plan has been constantly changing due to limited supplies, and inoculations would take place as long as provisions were available.
The Franklin County Health Department was notified on Dec. 30 that it could start administering the vaccine and began the distribution process that afternoon.