Henry County Medical Center Offering Vaccination Opportunities in September

PARIS, TN – Henry County Medical Center is offering several opportunities for COVID-19 vaccination during the month of September.

On Wednesday, September 1 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., HCMC Medical Clinics will be offering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Central High School, located at 325 Jones Bend Road in Paris, TN.  This event is for anyone ages 12 and up and is in conjunction with funding received from the HRSA RHC Vaccine Confidence grant program.

At this event, those who receive a vaccination will be given a $10 voucher for food to local restaurants as well as a free t-shirt.  Snacks will be provided along with goodie bags at this event.  On return for the second shot, all those participating will receive other goodies as well as be eligible for a mini iPad.  Those wanting to attend this event are encouraged to make an appointment, but walk-ins will be available while supplies last.

Those interested can learn more about Wednesday’s event here:  https://youtu.be/8Ki2Hn0d_eY

Appointments are encouraged, but not required.  It is a Drive Thru POD, so those receiving the vaccine will stay in their vehicles for the event.  People are asked to follow the Commodities Day drive thru process, coming off 69 North, turning onto Jones Bend Extended and taking the second left into Central High School.

Additionally, every Friday in September from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the HCMC Classrooms 2 & 3, we will be offering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to those interested in receiving it.  Those wanting this vaccine are encouraged to make an appointment, but walk-ins will be available while supplies last.  This vaccine is for those 18 and older.  We will also be offering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Fridays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the HCMC Classrooms 2 & 3.  This vaccine is available to those 12 and older, with those under 18 requiring a parent or guardian to accompany them.

Appointments can be secured by emailing Kelly Winston, Certified Healthcare Executive Assistant, at kwinston@hcmc-tn.org or you can call or text 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:

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Phone Number

Participants are expected to answer a few questions and remain onsite for up to 30 minutes of observation after receiving the vaccine.  You must also bring a valid ID for Date of Birth identification to either event, and those under 18 years of age must be accompanied by guardian or parent.  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.

For questions, please go to our HCMC vaccination page https://www.hcmc-tn.org/coronavirus-covid-19-information/covid-19-vaccinations/.

You can find clinics, pharmacies, and other locations in the area that are offering COVID-19 vaccines by going online at www.vaccinefinder.org.  You may also call the state’s vaccine request line at 1-866-442-5301.

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 as well as HCMC Infection Control at 731-644-8260 during regular business hours, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. After hours, report to your primary care provider or the Emergency Department.

How you can help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses such as Coronavirus:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then discard in a trash.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your health care provider.  To learn more, go to our website at www.hcmc-tn.org or go to the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html

Located in Paris, TN, Henry County Medical Center is a progressive, integrated healthcare organization committed to serving the healthcare needs of Henry County and the adjoining region.  Including a 142-bed hospital and other facilities, the medical center provides a variety of outpatient services, as well as inpatient care. Additionally, HCMC owns and operates 8 provider clinics in various specialties.  Henry County Medical Center is a county-owned and operated nonprofit institution. For more information: www.hcmc-tn.org