Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

 

Hamilton County Health Department COVID-19
FAQ and Vaccination Information

Updated June 29, 2022


Where is the Health Department offering COVID-19 vaccines? 

The Health Department offers COVID-19 vaccines at multiple locations throughout the week. Visit the online vaccination calendar at vaccine.hamiltontn.gov. No appointment is necessary.


Where can I find a list of additional locations near me offering the COVID-19 vaccine? 

Visit https://vaccinefinder.org/search/ and enter your zip code for a full list of providers and pharmacies offering the COVID-19 vaccine. 


What do I need to know about the vaccine for children ages 6 months and older?

Children ages 6 months and older are now approved to receive the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. The CDC recommends everyone ages 6 months and older get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect against COVID-19. Children should receive the age-appropriate vaccine formulation and follow the schedule based on their age on the day of vaccination, regardless of their size or weight. To learn more, visit the CDC’s website.

 


Where is COVID-19 testing available in Hamilton County?
 

Visit the Health Department's testing webpage here for a list of available providers. 


What is the difference between a 3rd dose and a booster shot? 

Per the CDC, people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems may receive a 3rd dose of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines at least one month after the 2nd dose series. Those who received a 3rd dose of the Covid-19 vaccine are also recommended to receive a booster shot, at least 3 months after their 3rd dose was administered. 

 

Who is eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot? 

Visit the CDC's website, located here, to find details regarding booster shot eligibility and frequently asked questions. 


What do I need to know before coming to a vaccination event? 

You may want to consult with your doctor before getting vaccinated if you: 
- Have severe allergies or previous reaction to a vaccine 
- Are pregnant or breastfeeding
If any of the below apply to you, do not come until the condition is resolved. 
- Have a fever or are ill 

- Are currently in isolation for COVID-19 


Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I need other vaccines? 

Yes. COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines may be administered without regard to timing. This includes simultaneous administration of COVID-19 vaccines with other vaccines on the same day, as well as co-administration within 14 days. 

What is a Vaccination Record Card? 

When patients receive their first dose with the Health Department, they will receive a Vaccination Record Card with the following important information. 

-The vaccine manufacturer
-The date the first dose of vaccine was given
-The date the second vaccine dose is due (if Pfizer or Moderna). 

Your second dose should be given on or after this date, but not before.

 

I lost my COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card. How do I get a replacement? 

To request a record of your immunization, please call the Health Department hotline at 423-209-8383. 

 

Is free transportation available to the Health Department's vaccination sites? 

Yes. Free transportation is available to the East 3rd St campus. Please call 423-209-8383 to schedule an appointment. *Transportation is based on availability. Public transportation via Carta, also runs to our East 3rd St campus. To view the routes and schedules, please click here

 

Where can I download the Vaccine Encounter Form and the other handouts distributed at the vaccination site? 

Visit vaccine.hamiltontn.gov and click on the Handouts tab. 

 

Do I need to accompany my child to their vaccine appointment?

Children ages 6 months and older coming to Health Department clinics must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian when coming to receive their vaccine. Parents must bring current, valid ID. If you are the legal guardian of minor, please bring proof of guardianship.


What do I need to know about COVID-19 variants?

CDC is currently monitoring variants of the virus that cause COVID-19. To learn more, please visit the CDC's website.