Hamblen County to host large vaccination event at Expo Center

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2021, file photo, a person receives a COVID-19 vaccinations at a 24-hour, walk-up clinic hosted by the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium at Temple University's Liacouras Center in Philadelphia. At least for now, U.S. health authorities say after being vaccinated, people should follow the same rules as everybody else about wearing a mask, keeping a 6-foot distance and avoiding crowds even after they've gotten their second vaccine dose. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

The largest vaccination event in Hamblen County history is set to take place in less than a week.

The Hamblen County Health Department is gearing up to administer vaccinations at the Walters State Expo Center on Saturday, Feb. 27.

The event will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as a drive through event with multiple lines to receive vaccinations.

Health officials stress, though, that the event is only for first doses. There will be no second doses of COVID-19 vaccinations given at the event.

The event comes after the health department first started administering vaccinations just before Christmas. Health officials reported last week that a total of 8% of Hamblen County, so far, has been vaccinated.

Only those in phase 1a1, 1a2 and 1b, along with those 65 and older are able to get vaccinated, following the state’s guidelines.

Those phases include all first responders, all healthcare workers and all educational staff.

Health officials said anyone not meeting the current phase or age eligibility will be turned away.

Hamblen County emergency officials also stress that no one show up before 8 a.m. to the event. Showing up earlier could cause a significant safety hazard, officials said.

There will be a limited supply of vaccine and it will be provided on a first come, first serve basis until the vaccines are exhausted, the health department said.

The expo center is located at 1615 Pavilion Dr. in White Pine.

Go online to www.citizentribune.com for a link to the Hamblen County vaccine appointment page.