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All Scott County adults now eligible for Covid-19 vaccine

HUNTSVILLE — All Scott Countians ages 16 and older are eligible to be vaccinated against novel coronavirus, beginning Wednesday, March 24, 2021.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced Tuesday, March 23, that vaccination eligibility was being expanded to included all adults. One day earlier, Gov. Lee had said that vaccinations would be available to all adults by April 5 at the latest, but would be available within a few days in some parts of the state.

Scott County residents can schedule a vaccination at the Scott County Health Department by calling 866-442-5301. Or, you can visit www.vaccinefinder.org to find a list of providers in your zip code where appointments can be scheduled for one of the three vaccinations that have been approved by the FDA.

The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines require two injections; the Janssen vaccine by Johnson & Johnson requires one injection. However, the Moderna vaccine is currently the only one being offered locally. Big South Fork Medical Center has exhausted its supply of the Janssen vaccine.

Scott County Mayor Jeff Tibbals urges local residents to be vaccinated.

“Please consider getting the vaccine so we can put this mess behind us and, more importantly, save lives,” Mayor Tibbals said.

As of Tuesday, there were 54 active cases of coronavirus in Scott County. There have been a total of 2,958 Scott Countians infected with the virus, which has claimed 44 lives in Scott County.