Henry County Medical Center is proud to continue to be a COVID-19 vaccination provider to our community, working with the State of TN and the Henry County Health Department to vaccinate our community.
How can the COVID-19 Vaccine Benefit You?
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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: www.cdc.gov.
TN VACCINE ELIGIBILITY TOOL
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.
Due to the need, HCMC will be offering the Pfizer vaccine with preference given to 16 and 17 years of age in our region. Pfizer is the only vaccine that is approved for those 16 and older. Those interested in the Pfizer vaccine are required to sign up by Sunday, April 25 by 4:30 p.m.
The Pfizer vaccine will be offered the following dates at Henry County Healthcare Center Plumley Rehab Parking Lot:
- First Dose – Saturday, May 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Second Dose – Saturday, May 29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Mandatory sign ups can be secured by emailing Kelly Winston, Certified Healthcare Executive Assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call 731-363-3307 or 731-336-6155. Phone calls for sign-ups will be taken daily between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The following information must be provided when signing up:
- Date of Birth
- Age as of May 8, 2021
- Parent or Legal Guardian’s Name:
- Phone Number of Parent if a Minor or Participant’s Number
For minors, a valid photo ID and a parent or guardian must accompany and remain present with the minor to receive the vaccination. If they are 18 or older, a parent or guardian is not required to accompany them.
The event is a Drive Thru event and participants are asked to enter the North Entrance to Hospital Circle from Tyson Avenue (this is the entrance closest to the Emergency Department Entrance). Participants will not be able to access the vaccine POD from the South Entrance.
Participants are expected to answer a few questions as well as remain on our HCHC Plumley Rehab Parking Lot for up to 30 minutes of observation after receiving the vaccine. If you have had COVID-19 within the last 60 days, you will not be eligible for the vaccination. Also, if you have reactions to shots or have allergies, you should consult your primary care provider before proceeding to have the vaccination. And, anyone receiving a vaccination during the community vaccination POD will need to complete the vaccination process by receiving the second dose at the same location 21 days after receiving the first one.
Vaccinations by Appointment
You can schedule your vaccine through the TN Department of Health by calling 1-866-442-5301 or register online at Covid19.tn.gov. Also locally, Wal-Mart, Walgreens and other pharmacies are offering COVID-19 vaccinations.
If you have questions about vaccination, we encourage you to speak to your personal physician or provider.
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 to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) at https://vaers.hhs.gov.
HCMC continues to offer COVID-19 testing with a provider’s orders. Additionally, the Henry County Health Department continues to provide free COVID testing.
Protocols & FAQs
HCMC has hosted several community vaccination PODS. As of April 15, 2021 no new pods are scheduled. The video below shows the POD process for if/when they resume.