Hamblen Health Department gearing up for second drive-thru event

Hamblen County health officials are gearing up for the second drive-thru event at the Great Smoky Mountains Expo Center.

The second round is coming.

The Hamblen County Health Department will provide 2nd dose COVID-19 Vaccinations in a drive thru event on Saturday, March 27, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Walters State Community College Expo Center.

It comes after more than 500 people were vaccinated last month in the largest vaccination event ever held in Hamblen County.

Health officials said the next vaccination event is only for those individuals who received the first dose vaccination at the first event on Feb. 27.

No first dose vaccinations will be given.

Individuals must present proof of identification, and bring their COVID vaccination card they were given when they received their dose on Feb. 27.

For questions, contact the Hamblen County Health Department at 423-586-6431, and press “0.”

The expo center is located at 1615 Pavilion Drive, White Pine, TN.

Health officials also said last week that the state on Monday plans to announce that vaccinations are expanding once again.

Those 55 and older will now be able to get vaccinated for COVID-19. The state is also expanding into phases 2a and 2b.

Phase 2a includes the following Critical Infrastructure Industries, according to the Tennessee Department of Health:

• Social Services (DCS) (includes child welfare agency personnel with direct public exposure)

• Commercial agriculture

• Commercial food production

• Corrections staff not included in 1a1 (includes administrative staff, those without regular public/inmate contact)

• Public transit

Phase 2b includes the following Critical Infrastructure Industries, according to the Tennessee Department of Health:

• Transportation (including postal and package delivery, freight railroad, maritime cargo, commercial or cargo service airports)

• Public infrastructure (includes dams, roads, locks, and bridge maintenance and engineering, solid waste collection, and processing)

• Telecommunications (includes those providing direct services)

• Utilities/Energy (includes line workers and other maintenance and engineering personnel involved in direct provision of services)

Those in these categories will be able to start scheduling vaccinations on Monday.