Nashville, Tenn. – For Immediate Release – 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.
“We are so honored to partner with organizations like TDH and LifePoint Health that continuously strive to make Tennessee safer and healthier, and increasing access to COVID-19 vaccines is an important part of that work,” said Aisha Eiger, Special Olympics Tennessee Health Manager. “Our three organizations share a commitment to empowering individuals with disabilities and supporting their full and equitable inclusion in the community, as well as doing everything we can to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.”
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 a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine will be given instructions for how to schedule their second dose on their own at the appropriate time to complete the vaccination regimen. Individuals ages 12-17 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,” said Ken Gagnon, vice president of pharmacy services for LifePoint Health. “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.”
LifePoint Health and Special Olympics Tennessee have an existing partnership that was established in 2020, and LifePoint is a proud sponsor of the 2021 Middle Tennessee Regional Summer Games. The organizations’ partnership aims to help expand access to care for thousands of athletes and help them reach their health and wellness goals.
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.
About LifePoint Health®
LifePoint Health is a leading healthcare company dedicated to Making Communities Healthier®. Through its subsidiaries, it provides quality inpatient, outpatient and post-acute services close to home. LifePoint owns and operates community hospitals, regional health systems, physician practices, outpatient centers and post-acute facilities across the country. It is the sole community healthcare provider in the majority of the non-urban communities it serves. More information about the company can be found at www.LifePointHealth.net.
About Special Olympics Tennessee
Special Olympics Tennessee serves more than 18,000 athletes and hosts more than 250 events in 17 sports annually. Special Olympics Tennessee provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
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