Overton County officials along with local health professionals held a press conference last Friday, where it was announced that more than 600 Overton Countians have received their first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
Overton County Health Department Nursing Supervisor Megan Reeder made the announcement that vaccines have been very limited; however, 604 people of Overton County have received the vaccination, making Overton County second in total distributions in the Upper Cumberland. The state is ranked in the top 10 in national rankings.
“Demand for these vaccines is great,” Reeder said. “But, we are pleased to see the overwhelming interest in the vaccines. So, that is a good thing that Tennesseans are showing up to get these vaccines. So, we are working as quickly as possible to provide access.”
Reeder said the county currently has a waiting list with vaccine distribution dependent on the federal government. Reeder said the county usually receives a new shipment weekly.
“Tennessee is dependent on vaccine supply from the federal government,” Reeder said. “So, they are the ones that control the maximum amount of doses that the state of Tennessee can get. Then, Tennessee state individuals allocate those out across the counties per population.”
If you are on the wait list and miss a call for a vaccine, Reeder said your spot in line will not be changed. Reeder said to call the Overton County Health Department to reserve a spot for the next available vaccination, but it must be in the appropriate phase for you to receive one. Once the department has moved in the phase in which you are eligible, you will be called upon if you are on the list.
Reeder also expressed that so far, the most common symptom is severe soreness in your arm. Some have experienced an increase in body temperature resulting in mild or full-fledged fever.
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