More than 6,600 hit COVID waiting list

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 Within the first 24 hours of the Knox County Health Department rolling out its vaccine waitlist, more than 6,600 qualifying individuals have signed up, officials said.  

“We are hearing from folks in our community about how easy it was to sign up and how grateful they are for this option,” said Dr. Martha Buchanan, director of the Knox County Health Department, said in a press release.. “As we receive more vaccine, we are excited to begin working our way through this list to provide this much-desired protection to our community.”  

The waitlist, which went live Wednesday at 8:30 a.m., is open for health care workers, first responders and those 70 years and older. 

Qualifying individuals can sign up on the waitlist by clicking a pop-up box on KCHD’s COVID-19 webpage.   

Individuals will be asked to enter their name and contact information and answer a series of questions. Once completed, their name will be added to KCHD’s vaccine waitlist. Moving forward, as additional vaccine is received, individuals on the waitlist will be contacted for available appointments in the order in which their name appears on the waitlist.   

Those without internet or computer access can add their name to the waitlist by calling KCHD’s Public Information Line (865-215-5555) or 3-1-1 (865-215-4311).