The MTSU School of Nursing gave eligible Rutherford County residents COVID Vaccinations on Thursday, March 25. The vaccine injections were given by nursing students and faculty with the nursing program.

Rutherford County is now vaccinating individuals in the 1a1, 1a2, and 1b risk phases as well as individuals ages 65 and older. The Moderna vaccine was administered during a small two and a half hour window on the MTSU Campus, which ended just after the start of the lunch hour at 12:30.

A total of 100 residents were signed up to receive the vaccine at MTSU in what was labeled a “Soft Rollout.” The shots were given through a partnership with the Rutherford County Health Department.

Evidently, a second round of vaccines will be administered on Saturday and again next Thursday. The MTSU site has 375 eligible city and county residents registered for Saturday’s session.

Appointments are required and only persons meeting current state protocols for eligibility will be permitted to use the MTSU vaccination center.

Eligibility screening and appointment scheduling will be conducted by the Tennessee Department of Health, using the same protocols currently in place at the State Farm vaccination site off Memorial Boulevard. Rutherford County is now vaccinating individuals in the 1a1, 1a2, and 1b risk phases as well as individuals ages 65 and older.

Visit https://health.rutherfordcountytn.gov/testing.html for updated information on COVID-19 testing and vaccination locations. Eligible persons may request an appointment by calling the Rutherford County COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center at 615-898-7997 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Alternatively, they can call the state scheduling center at 866-442-5301 or complete a form online at https://vaccinate.tn.gov.

MTSU School of Nursing students administer the free Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to eligible community residents Thursday, Feb. 25, in Cason-Kennedy Nursing Building clinical area. It marks the first day of the School of Nursing partnership with the Rutherford County Health Department in providing the vaccine by appointment only on Thursdays and Saturdays in the coming weeks. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)
MTSU School of Nursing students administer the free Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to eligible community residents Thursday, Feb. 25, in Cason-Kennedy Nursing Building clinical area. It marks the first day of the School of Nursing partnership with the Rutherford County Health Department in providing the vaccine by appointment only on Thursdays and Saturdays in the coming weeks. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)