Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Vaccination Information

If you have questions about vaccination, we encourage you to speak to your personal physician or provider.

Where can I get Vaccinated?

1. Henry County Health Department

Vaccines by Appointment
803 Joy Street Paris, TN 3824
Phone: (731) 642-4025

Vaccine Times
Self-Schedule your vaccine appointment at

Families can order free home COVID-19 test kits from

2. Other Local Options

Also locally, Wal-Mart, Walgreens and other pharmacies are offering COVID-19 vaccinations.

How can the COVID-19 Vaccine Benefit You & Your Family?

COVID-19 can have serious, life-threatening complications, and there is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you. COVID-19 vaccination is one of the most effective ways of halting the spread of the virus, and it is an important tool to help us get back to normal. There are currently three vaccines available in the United States. These vaccines have been recommended for use after they have been studied for safety and efficacy at preventing COVID-19.

  • The COVID-19 vaccine may prevent you from getting a COVID-19 infection.
  • Experts believe that getting a COVID-19 vaccine may keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19.
  • If you get sick with COVID-19, you could spread the disease to friends, family, and others around you. Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • The COVID-19 vaccine is an important tool to help stop the pandemic.

More information is available on the CDC’s website:

Additional Vaccination Information

Use this tool to determine your COVID-19 vaccine distribution phase.
While the vaccine supply is limited it is necessary to prioritize who receives it, with people who are at highest risk of getting the virus or becoming seriously ill receiving it first. The state has worked with a group of stakeholders and followed federal guidance to develop a vaccine distribution plan.

There are usually mild to moderate side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine. The most common side effect caused by the vaccine includes pain at the site where the vaccine was given, which is in the arm. Other side effects may include a headache, fever, chills or muscle aches.  Anyone receiving the vaccine needs to utilize the v-safe system as well as report any adverse reactions.

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What to do if you THINK you are sick

1. Contact your primary care doctor. If you don’t have a primary care doctor, please call your county health department so the health department can coordinate your medical evaluation and testing.

  • State of TN Number: COVID-19 Public Information Number: 877-857-2945. Available 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. CST Daily
  • Henry County Health Department: 731-642-4025     
  • Weakley County Health Department: 731-364-2210        
  • Benton County Health Department: 731-584-4944
  • Carroll County Health Department: 731-986-1990        
  • Stewart County Health Department: 931-232-5329

2. Be sure to call before visiting your doctor and tell them you might have COVID-19. When you arrive, steps will be taken to reduce exposure to other patients.

Again, if you believe you meet the criteria for the coronavirus including having the symptoms, traveling outside the United States or in the domestic hot spots associated with COVID – 19, or being in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please call your primary care provider to arrange for medical evaluation and testing.  If you present to our Emergency Department without a provider order for testing, you will be registered as an ER patient and be treated and charged as an ER patient, as well as masked and isolated. If you have an order for testing from your provider, you will be instructed to park in the ER parking lot and a clinical staff member will come out and do the testing through our outpatient lab services.

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What to do if you ARE sick?

1. Stay at home except for medical care. Do not go to work, school or public areas. Do not use public transportation, ride-sharing or taxis.

2. Call ahead before visiting your doctor and tell them you have or may have COVID-19. Once you arrive, your provider’s team will take steps to keep others from getting infected or exposed.

3. Wear a mask when you are around other people or pets, and when going to a medical appointment.

4. Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues, throw away the tissue and immediately wash your hands. Cough into your elbow if tissues and hand washing are not available.

5. Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Be sure to cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

6. Do not share household items such as dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels or bedding with family members, friends or pets.

7. Separate yourself from your family and animals. Stay in a specific room away from other people in your home. Use a separate bathroom if possible. Do not handle pets or other animals.

8. Clean hard surfaces in your home, such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and bedside tables, daily with antibacterial/anti-germicidal solutions such as Clorox or Lysol.

9. Monitor your symptoms and report to the emergency room if you have a fever of 103 or higher or if you have difficulty breathing. Be sure to call before seeking medical care to reduce exposure to others.

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For more information about COVID-19, please visit Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) | CDC.