CLARKSVILLE, TN (CLARKSVILLE NOW) – Residents 16 and older can book appointments starting today for the COVID-19 vaccine in Montgomery County.
The Montgomery County Health Department, along with other health departments in Tennessee, has expanded its criteria to include 16 and older, according to a news release from county spokeswoman Michelle Newell.
Moderna vaccine is licensed for people over 18 years of age and Pfizer for people over 16 years old.
“This opens the door for more people to receive a vaccine earlier than expected. We are delighted to move forward with this important initiative to help our community return to normal day-to-day activities, ”said Montgomery County Health Director Joey Smith.
Smith also said today that state data that continues to show Montgomery lagging behind other counties in vaccinations is now being updated to show that we are on par.
“With the numbers now coming in from Fort Campbell, we know that at least 25% of our adult population has been vaccinated. This puts us on par with other counties in Middle Tennessee. We can assume that the numbers are even higher because 25% do not include the amount of vaccines that local pharmacies have received through their association with the federal government. ”
Residents are reminded to continue wearing a mask, social distancing, and testing when exposed or ill.
“It is important to note that we have not had a single reported serious adverse effect from a COVID-19 vaccine in Montgomery County,” added Montgomery County Director of Emergency Services Jimmie Edwards.
How to get the COVID-19 vaccine
Health Department: To register for a vaccination appointment online through your county health department, visit https://covid19.tn.gov/covid-19-vaccines/vaccine-phases/. Click on Montgomery County on the map, click “Make an Appointment” to register, then enter the name and contact information to be notified of the date, time and location of the appointment as soon as the vaccination is available.
People who do not have access to the Internet should call 866-442-5301 to make an appointment.
All other pharmacies and clinics: Visit Clarksville Now’s up-to-date list of all Montgomery County public vaccine locations and how to register at each location.
How to get tested for COVID-19
The Montgomery County Health Department offers the free COVID-19 test at the former Sears location on Governor’s Square Mall, located at 2801 Wilma Rudolph Blvd., 8:30 am to 10:30 am Monday through Friday. Test drives are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and self-administered kits are now available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Follow the signs to the test drive site.
Three Walgreens locations in Clarksville offer self-administered COVID-19 testing from the car. The location at 2109 Wilma Rudolph Blvd. offers the rapid COVID-19 diagnostic test and the locations at 1954 Madison Street and 1460 Fort Campbell Blvd. offer the PCR diagnostic test. To schedule an appointment at Walgreens, visit their website.