A line of cars waited Friday morning at the Hamblen County Health Department as health providers conducted one of its first drive-through vaccination events.
Sherrie Montgomery, Hamblen County Health Department director, said there were 330 appointments made for the event.
“It’s been very smooth,” Montgomery said. “People have been appreciative to stay in their warm car today.”
Cones were placed in the parking lots behind the health department and the Morristown-Hamblen Public Library as deputies directed traffic off of North Jackson Street into the event. Tennessee National Guard and Hamblen County Emergency Management Agency personnel were on hand to assist.
“It’s been very smooth, very quick,” Montgomery said. “No hang-ups.”
The health department is trying drive-through vaccinations to see if it would be a more efficient system. Those getting vaccinated are still only by appointment and must meet the required phases for the region.
The East Tennessee region is currently vaccinating those 75 and older, first responders and healthcare workers.
Montgomery said the drive-through vaccinations will be limited due to the amount of resources and workers needed in order to hold the event.
All of those vaccinated were those due their second shots of Moderna or Pfizer vaccines.
“It’s been a little different to reconfigure everything,” she said. “But, no hang-ups or concerns.”
She said there was no intermingling between those seeking testing and those seeking vaccines.
The drive-through comes as other locations are starting to receive vaccinations outside the health department.
Crescent Center Drugs did a vaccination event Thursday after receiving 100 doses.
The Tennessee Health Department said in a press release Thursday that community health centers and select pharmacies would now be able to vaccinate upon availability.
In Hamblen County, Crescent Center Drugs and the Walmart on West Andrew Johnson Highway have been approved to deliver vaccinations. Cherokee Health Systems in Talbott is also authorized to deliver vaccines.
In the Lakeway Area, these locations have been approved to give vaccines outside Hamblen County:
• Cherokee Health Systems in Bean Station
• Blaine Health Center in Blaine
• Cherokee Health Systems in New Tazewell
• The Prescription Shop in Claiborne County
• Broadway and Main Pharmacy in Newport
• Okie’s Pharmacy II in Blaine
• Corley’s Pharmacy Solutions in Greeneville
• Greene County Drug Store in Greeneville
• Ferry Pharmacy in Greeneville