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Knox County COVID-19 vaccine clinic reaches limit

Published: Jan. 2, 2021 at 10:20 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 2, 2021 at 12:26 PM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -The first Knox County COVID-19 vaccination clinic began Saturday morning.

Individuals waited in long lines outside the Expo Center for a chance to be vaccinated.

The Knox County Health Department said they have only 500 doses to administer for those who qualified for the first phase of the vaccine rollout.

The first phase included first responders, healthcare workers and people over the age of 75.

According to KCHD, the limit reached more than 500 people at today’s clinic.

The clinic involved a five-step process for those getting vaccinated:

  • Symptom screening and check-in
  • Registration
  • Medical review/consult
  • Vaccination
  • Post-vaccination waiting period (15 minutes for most; 30 minutes for those who have a history of severe reaction to anything except injectable medications or vaccinations. Those who have had a severe reaction to any injectable medication/vaccination in the past were not vaccinated at today’s clinic.)

Officials say another day to get vaccinated will be announced soon.

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