West Tennessee Health Care prepares for COVID-19 vaccination clinic



I’m here at the Jackson Madison county general hospital where they are preparing for a large COVID-19 vaccination clinic. Now that they have moved into phase 1c, they are saying this vaccination clinic is very important.


Phase 1-C includes groups of people with high risk conditions, this phase also begins to include people 16 and up.


“Over the age of 16 and has a high risk health condition. Meaning diabetes, cancer, auto immune issues, if your body mass index is over 30," says West Tennessee Health Care Chief Compliance and Communications Officer, Amy Garner.


A full list of those included is below.


West Tennessee Health Care received a number of vaccine units from the state and are ready to get them in people’s arms.


For this clinic they have special parking for those getting the vaccine and they also have a separate entrance.

People that are getting the vaccine are being asked to go through the doors to the right of the main entrance.


“We are going to be able to give about 14 hundred and 50 doses if we can fill up those slots," adds Garner.


Garner says that COVID-19 affects people with high risk conditions more severely and that makes it even more important to get those people in the door to get the vaccine.


“Well this group is very important, with these types of conditions, COVID can really have an impact on a person’s health. We want to make sure people with these high risk conditions get the vaccination," says Amy.


The clinic is open to more than just Madison county residents and you can make your appointment at WTH.org. The clinic is on Tuesday March 9, 2021 from 2 pm - 9 pm.



Phase 1c includes Tennesseans 16 years old or older with high-risk health conditions. High risk health conditions include:


Chronic renal disease

COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, Cystic Fibrosis, moderate-severe asthma

Obesity (BMI>30)

Heart failure, CAD, cardiomyopathies, hypertension

Sickle cell (not including sickle cell trait) or thalassemia

Cerebrovascular disease or stroke

Liver disease


· Technologically-dependent individuals ages >16 years and the household residents and caregivers of children <16 years old who are technologically-dependent (such as individuals who are ventilator-dependent, oxygen-dependent, with tracheostomy, wheelchair-bound due to high-risk medical condition, or require tube feedings, parenteral nutrition, or dialysis)


· Individuals ages >16 years with immunocompromising conditions and the household residents and caregivers of children <16 years old who have immunocompromising conditions (such as individuals receiving chemotherapy, requiring daily oral steroids or other immunosuppressants, requiring medication to control diabetes, those with HIV/AIDS or other diagnosed high-risk immunodeficiency)


· Household residents and caregivers of children <16 years old who have complex congenital heart disease requiring ongoing medical management, such as Tetralogy of Fallot, hypoplastic left heart syndrome, and double outlet right ventricle, qualify for the Katie Beckett waiver


· Pregnancy (NOTE: The CDC and World Health Organization have advised that pregnancy puts women at higher risk of severe illness due to COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines have not been studied in pregnant women, and women who are pregnant are encouraged to discuss this decision with their medical provider.)

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