Special Olympics Tennessee is partnering with the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) and LifePoint Health to host two COVID-19 vaccination clinics as part of its Regional Summer Games this month. The first vaccine clinic will take place at Lipscomb Academy in Nashville (1027 Caldwell Lane, Nashville, TN 37204) on Saturday, July 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and the second is scheduled for Saturday, July 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Don Fox Community Park in Lebanon, Tennessee (404 N. Castle Heights Ave. Lebanon, TN 37087).
The vaccination clinics are open to all participating athletes, their family members and spectators, as well as the general public. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged, but not required. Participants may register in advance here: https://specialolympicstn.kindful.com/register/2021-covid-19-vaccine-registration. TDH will supply the vaccines, and clinical staff from both TDH and LifePoint Health will administer them. Those receiving a vaccine can choose among the single dose Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine OR one dose of the Pfizer vaccine to either start or complete the two-shot series. Those intending to receive their second shot must bring their vaccination card as proof they received the first vaccine.
Recipients of Pfizer will be given instructions for how to schedule their second dose on their own at the appropriate time following the event to complete the vaccination regimen. Individuals ages 12-18 are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine, while individuals 18 and older may select from either the Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine options.
Community partnerships like this are essential for expanding access to vaccines, reaching underserved populations and ultimately bringing the COVID-19 pandemic to an end. Vaccinating as many people as possible is a team effort, and it is exciting to see our mission of Making Communities Healthier being brought to life in this very meaningful way.
More information about the COVID-19 vaccine and vaccination sites across Tennessee may be found at https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov/covid-19-vaccine-information.html.
(Information from this article taken from official SOTN & LPH press release, 7/12/21)