Putnam opens vaccine to everyone – age 16 and above

PUTNAM COUNTY – Putnam County has opened up its COVID vaccinations to anyone age 16 and above starting today (Wednesday) according to Putnam County Mayor Randy Porter. The county is receiving larger amounts of vaccine and has been moving quickly through the 55 and up age group along with the 2A-B phase. 

“We want anyone who wants the vaccine to be able to get it as soon as possible, so we are opening up to everyone 16 and above,” said Porter. 

The health department drive-thru is doing special hours this week to try and accommodate everyone’s schedule:

Wednesday – 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Thursday – 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Friday – 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon)

Registration for those 16 and up is now open at www.putnamcountytn.gov/vaccine or by calling our hotline at 931-646-4636, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The vaccine drive-thru is located at the Putnam County Fairgrounds on South Walnut Ave. and is free of charge. You do not even have to get out of your car.

“Our health department, hospital, doctor’s offices and local retail partners have done a great job in vaccinations, which is allowing us to open up to everyone now,” said Porter. “Putnam County continues to be one of the top counties in Tennessee for vaccinations. So far in our county, there have been over 30,300 shots given, with approximately 19,000 of those being first doses and 11,300 second doses. Over 84% of the vulnerable 70 and above age group have had at least one dose of the vaccine.”

There are several other retail partners like Cookeville Medical Clinic, Occupational Health, Walmart, Sam’s and Publix giving the vaccine – a full list of them can be found at: https://vaccinefinder.org/search/.

“Please remember, even though we are vaccinating a lot of people, the virus is still out there and some people who have not been vaccinated are getting sick,” reminded Porter. “Please continue to follow the CDC guidelines of social distancing, hand washing and masking.”

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