Williamson County Rumor Control
Williamson County Emergency Management's goal is to help distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the vaccination distribution process in Williamson County, with a regularly updated page.
For more information, call the Williamson County Public Information Line at (615) 595-4880 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday, or visit the vaccine distribution page.
Last Updated: 1/14/2021
Rumor: Is Williamson County is throwing away unused vaccine?
Fact: No, Williamson County is not throwing away unused vaccine. In accordance with the Tennessee Department of Health, the Williamson County Health Department is administering vaccines using a waitlist system, named the "Williamson County COVID Wait List." This waitlist is used to fill slots and administer any remaining vaccine so that no doses are discarded.
Rumor: The Tennessee Department of Health has changed the sign-up process again. Do I need to re-register?
Fact: No, you do not need to re-register. The waitlist process itself has not changed. The title was changed from “Williamson County Priority List” to read “Williamson County COVID Wait List.” If you have already registered on the Priority List, you do not need to register again. If you were scheduled for a vaccination appointment after being on the waitlist and missed your appointment, you will need to sign up again.
Rumor: Is the date listed on the waitlist sign-up page is my appointment date?
Fact: No, the date listed on the waitlist sign-up page is NOT your appointment date. The Tennessee Department of Health will notify you with your appointment date and time when there is vaccine available. Due to limited vaccine availability and the amount of people waiting for a vaccination, it may take some time before you are contacted. You only need to sign up once. You will receive an appointment date, time, and location when you are given your appointment.
Rumor: If I just show up to the vaccination site, don't they have to give me a vaccine?
Fact: No, an appointment given by the TN Department of Health is required for a vaccination. Appointments will be limited based on vaccine availability. Currently only those in Phase 1a1, 1a2 and those who are 75 years of age or older are eligible to receive a vaccination appointment.
Rumor: Is the CDC is requiring every state to vaccinate 65+ individuals now?
Fact: No, the CDC does not control the vaccination plans for individual states. The Tennessee Department of Health has a vaccination plan that defines the phases for Tennessee, and which individuals are eligible to be vaccinated. This plan is subject to change. Currently, only those in Phase 1a1, 1a2 and those who are 75 years of age or older are eligible to receive a vaccination appointment.
Rumor: If I arrive at the vaccination site with a family member, won't they get a vaccine too?
Fact: No, an appointment given by the TN Department of Health is required for a vaccination. Each individual must have an appointment. Those who do not have an appointment will not be able to receive the vaccine, regardless of eligibility.
Rumor: I received a link to the second dose sign-up sheet online, but I have not received my first dose yet. Can I just sign up on the second dose sheet?
Fact: No, only individuals who have received their first dose are permitted to sign up for a second dose. Individuals who have not received their first dose will be deleted from the appointment list.
If you are seeking your first dose, and are currently eligible, you must sign up for the Williamson County COVID Wait List: https://www.signupgenius.com/index.cfm?go=s.signup&urlid=williamson_priority_list&view=calendar