Putnam moves to 55 and up on COVID vaccinations

Putnam County will open up its COVID vaccinations to the 55 and up age group, along with phase 2A-B starting Monday, March 22nd. 

Individuals can go ahead and start registering at www.putnamcountytn.gov/vaccine or by calling our hotline at 931-646-4636, Monday – Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm. The first appointments available will be Monday starting at 12pm noon. It will take a day or so for the registration website to update with the new phase wording, but it will allow you to go ahead and register now and schedule your appointment. 

“Our health department, hospital, doctor’s offices and local retail partners have done a great job in vaccinations, which is allowing us to move to this new level,” said Putnam County Mayor Randy Porter. “Putnam County continues to be one of the top 10 counties in Tennessee for vaccinations. We have vaccinated 83% of our most vulnerable 70 and up age group with at least one dose of the vaccine so far.” 

The 2A-B group includes Child and Adult Protective Services personnel, commercial agriculture and food production, public transit workers, transportation workers, public infrastructure, telecommunications, utilities and others. To see the complete list, go to https://covid19.tn.gov/covid-19-vaccines/vaccine-phases/

The local Vaccination Drive-thru is open Monday – Friday, 9am to 3pm at the Putnam County Fairgrounds on South Walnut Ave. Individuals do not have to get out of their vehicle. Several retail partners, such as Cookeville Medical, Kroger, Walmart, Sam’s and Publix, are giving the vaccine. See a full list here: https://vaccinefinder.org/search/ 

So far in Putnam County, there have been over 29,000 shots given, with approximately 18,250 of those being first doses and 10,780 second doses.

Here’s the breakdown of vaccinations in Putnam County to date: age group 65-69, 61% vaccinated; 70-74, 81%; 75-79, 89%; 80-84, 92%; 85+, 71%.

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