After getting through December — which was the deadliest month for COVID-19 in the area — Hamilton County Health Department reps have started administering vaccines for the virus.
Here’s what you need to know to figure out when you’re eligible for the vaccine.
On the first day of availability, the Hamilton County Health Department administered 1,158 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. | Hamilton County Health Department
The broad plan The local health department is following the state’s distribution plan, which prioritizes populations based on their risk of contracting + spreading the virus. It also takes into account risk of morbidity and mortality from COVID-19.
In addition to the information outlined, each phase also includes simultaneous age-based criteria based on 10-year age brackets, starting with 75-year-olds.
On Monday, the local health department also announced that they added an alphabet system that will be used to limit the traffic at the Riverpark vaccination site. One day will be for people whose last names start with letters A-K, and the next day will be for L-Z.
There are six or seven doses in each vile. | Hamilton County Health Department
To be admitted into the site, you must 1. Fall into the current phase category 2. Be in the correct group, according to your last name 3. Have proof of meeting the criteria + proof of residency (Proof of eligibility can be a document showing current address, work ID, badge, letter or email from your employer, or a pay stub.) 4. Check in at a health department screening station to ensure you’re approved for the vaccine
Bonus: The health department released new information Tuesday afternoon for anyone getting the vaccine today. This post has information about traffic + lines.
Phases 😷 Phase 1a has two parts • 1a1 isfor inpatient health care providers, first responders with direct exposure to the public + staff and residents of long-term care facilities. • 1a2 is for those primarily working in outpatient health care settings. •.Both of these phases also include people 75+. 😷 Phase 1b • This phase includes teachers and staff of childcare centers and K-12 schools + other first responders not previously vaccinated in Phase 1a1.
😷 Phase 1c • Subsequent phases will be based on information from the federal government and include people ages 16 or older who have high-risk health conditions.
ProTip: For more specific job titles included in each phase, check this page from the local health department. Go ahead and bookmark that.
Post-vaccine The V-safe smartphone tool allows you to report side effects + get a reminder about the second dose of your vaccine, which must be taken 21 or 28 days after the first, depending on which company — Pfizer or Moderna — your vaccine comes from.
More information • Once your phase opens, it stays open. • Call the hotline at 423-209-8383 with any questions. • The health department is updating this page as well as its social media accounts to provide daily info about getting the vaccines.
Civic ○ On Jan. 28, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke will deliver his final State of the City address virtually. Mayor Berke will be delivering the address from the Tivoli Theatre and can be viewed live via his Facebook page + the City of Chattanooga website at 5:30 p.m., or by watching the rebroadcast at 8 p.m. via WTCI-TV. 📢 ○ EPB recently announced the nine winners of its 10th Street Mural Project who will be painting murals on nine panels along EPB’s substation fence at 10th + Foster Street. The artists chosen to paint their murals are Jaclyn Anderson, Rondell Crier, Josiah Golson, Keelah Jackson-Harris, Julius Hubbard, Harlan Lovestone, Madison Myers, Lauren O’Neill, and Rachel Veal.We can’t wait to see those murals, guys. 🎨
Biz ○ ICYMI, Sleepyhead Coffee is currently undergoing renovations on its cafe side to “offer more efficient service” with new equipment. While the cafe side is being renovated, Sleepyhead’s seating area has been turned into a temporary popup with a limited menu that is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. ☕ ○ After seven years in business, downtown clothing boutique Off The Rack is closing. Owners said they have other plans for the future, which they will announce soon. The closing sale is on now at the Georgia Avenue store.
Edu ○ Hamilton County schools will continue its remote learning schedule through Jan. 15. Staff will also continue to work remotely. (NewsChannel 9)
Coronavirus ○ Over the weekend, Tennessee’sCOVID-19 related deaths topped 7,000 + the state had the third-highest per capita rate of cases in the country last week. This comes as experts have warned that a virus surge could follow the recent holidays. (NewsChannel 9) ○ The state of Tennessee announced a new tool to inform residents about when they are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. There’s more information online.
Ranked ○ According to the 2020 National Migration Study by United Van Lines, Tennessee ranked number seven on the list of top moving destinations for people in 2020. Tennessee was one of three states that were new to the list of top inbound states this year. You can find the full study here. 📦
Cause ○ Under Phase 38 of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, Hamilton County has been awarded $145,496 in funding. Nonprofit, faith-based, or local government organizations that currently provide food and shelter services can apply to receive part of this funding by contacting Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga’s program director Ann Treadwell at 423-493-0270 or by emailing here. ○ Local architectural signage company Intersign Corporation recently announced the winners of its fourth annual charity voting contest. The winner of the contest is the Frontline Hero Fund, which will be awarded $5,000. The two runner-ups – Catch a Lift + the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation – will both receive a $1,000 donation from Intersign.
Dance + nonprofit production company the Pop-Up Project just unveiled a feature film, called “The Light We Share,” which highlights personal stories through music, dance, art installations + more.
The film gave work to more than 50 local artists and paid more than $139,000 to independent artists for their work on the film.
There will be more info soon on how you can watch the full film this spring.
We can’t wait. 🙌
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TryThis ○ Open Mic Night at Wanderlinger Brewing | Wed., Jan. 6 | 8-11:59 p.m. | Wanderlinger Brewing Co., 1208 King St. | Free | Show off your musical skills at this open mic night – sign ups start at 8 p.m. 🎤
Learn ○ Experience Talks: Nick Phillips | Wed., Jan. 6 | 12-1 p.m. | Free | Hear from “serial entrepreneur” Nick Phillips, who has bought + sold various businesses. In lieu of ticket sales, the host – INCubator – asks that you purchase a gift card to support a small local business.
PlanAhead ○ Artist Talk with Ashley V. Blalock | Thurs., Jan. 7 | 6-7 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Talk with San Diego-based multimedia artist Ashley Blalock, whose work will be installed in the local Hunter Museum. ○ How to Avoid Getting Ripped off by a Contractor | Thurs, Jan. 7 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Virtual | $20-$25 | In this Women’s Repair Zone class, learn how to avoid getting ripped off by your contractor when tackling your next project. ○ Dry January: Mocktails 101 | Fri., Jan. 8 | 6-7 p.m. | Virtual | $15 | Alcohol isn’t essential to make a delicious cocktail – learn how to make some fruity cocktails so good you won’t miss the alcohol at all. 🍸 ○ The Snow Queen | Fri., Jan. 8 | 7-9 p.m. | The Colonnade, 264 Catoosa Cir., Ringgold or Virtual | $13-$20 | WatchThe Creative Arts Guild’s annual story ballet, which is performed with a professional live chamber orchestra, in-person at the theatre or from the comfort of your own home. 🩰
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
It’s Trista, and I’m rewatching “LOST”(it’ll be my third time going through the series) with my fiancé, who hasn’t seen it before. It’s one of my favorite shows — I even named one of my cats after a character, Danielle Rousseau. The cat goes by Rousseau. I also recently watched the movie “Peanut Butter Falcon,” and LOVED IT.
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