Slowly but surely, Tennesseans are getting vaccinated.
Statewide, 16.3% of the population has now received at least one COVID-19 vaccination shot, according to the Tennessee Department of Health.
Warren County is just above the state average with 16.8% of the population having at least one shot. There are 9.5% of Warren County residents who have received both shots, or one shot from Johnson & Johnson, to be fully inoculated.
To help local residents get vaccinated, Graves Family Pharmacy is holding a vaccination clinic at the Farmers Market this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The pharmacy is partnering with the city of McMinnville and the Senior Center.
The first 500 who fit into the current eligibility category will be accepted.
“We love our hometown and we are grateful that we have the opportunity to help our community get past COVID,” said Chad Graves, owner of Graves Family Pharmacy.
Warren County has moved to Phase 1c of the vaccination process. This allows those 16 and older with high-risk health conditions to be vaccinated. Anyone age 65 and older is also eligible to be vaccinated, regardless of their health.
No appointment is necessary for the vaccination clinic this Saturday at the Farmers Market.
While much of the nation is making plans to be vaccinated, 30% of all U.S. adults say they will not take the vaccination, according to an NPR/ PBS/ Marist poll conducted earlier this month.
Republican men are the largest segment of the population saying no, with 49% of that group saying they will not be vaccinated.
If you’d like to make a vaccination appointment during the week at the Warren County Health Department, that can be done online at: covid.19.tn.gov. You must have an email address to make an appointment online. The website allows you to make an appointment anywhere in Tennessee.
For those without email or online access, call toll free at (866) 442-5301.