Where are you in line for the COVID-19 vaccine in Hamilton County, and when can you expect to receive a dose?

Staff photo by Troy Stolt / Hamilton County residents wait in line on Amnicola Parkway to get the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine at the Tennessee Riverpark on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Thursday was the first day Hamilton County allowed for residents 75 and older to get vaccinated, which resulted in long wait times.

The Hamilton County Health Department has begun its COVID-19 vaccination campaign. With many community questions about who is eligible and when vaccines are available, the Times Free Press offers this guide with the best available information on the vaccine.

For answers to more COVID-19 questions, visit the Times Free Press FAQ page or call the county health department's hotline at 423-209-8383.

Can I receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Hamilton County right now?

Hamilton County is now offering the COVID-19 vaccine for all people aged 75 and older, as well as people in phases 1a1 and 1a2, according to the state's vaccination plan.

The following list contains all the currently eligible groups in Hamilton County as of Dec. 31, according to the county health department:

* All health care workers with direct exposure to patients or potentially infectious materials (including hospital staff, outpatient providers, pharmacy staff, patient transport, therapists, janitors, dental providers, behavioral health providers, laboratory staff working with COVID-19 specimens, funeral/mortuary workers)

* Home health care staff

* COVID-19 mass testing site staff

* Student health providers

* Staff and residents of long-term-care facilities

* First responders

* Individuals over age 18 who cannot live independently due to health conditions or disability

* Anyone 75 years or older (must be Hamilton County resident)