Extended hours today for Covid vaccine

Jay FitzOur Town Health, West Knox

Covenant Health continues its efforts to provide vaccinations for Covid-19 in Knoxville and surrounding communities. The health system recently surpassed 50,000 vaccinations administered.

Covenant Health offers a drive-through vaccination option at the health system’s Fort Sanders West campus. Since the launch in January, the clinic’s capacity has increased to administering 1,000 doses per day five days a week.

The health system just completed a successful “10,000 Vaccines in 10 Days” campaign in early April.

In addition to weekday drive-through clinic hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Covenant Health is offering evening clinic hours today (4/26) from 4–8 p.m.

Aaron Browne, support services and pharmacy sourcing program manager for Covenant Health, said, “We are offering evening hours to make it easier for people’s schedules. Our goal is to protect the community and vaccinate as many people as we can.”

Fort Sanders West is at 220 Fort Sanders West Blvd. Knoxville.

Make an appointment in advance by calling 865-374-6159 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or online at CovenantHealth.com/vaccine.

Browne said people can use the same process to make a second-dose appointment once they have received their first dose through Covenant Health.

Health experts explain that although the vaccine does provide individual protection against infection, it is just one part of risk mitigation. Health leaders remind the public to keep taking action steps like masking, distancing and hand washing to prevent contracting the virus and other illnesses.

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