CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (CLARKSVILLENOW) – A signup webpage has been circulating in Clarksville claiming to allow any and all residents to begin registering for a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as Wednesday, but officials say that signup sheet was not supposed to be shared with anyone other than healthcare providers and clinics.
This signup link was only supposed to stay between those who are licensed clinics or healthcare providers who fall under phases 1a1 and 1a2 on the priority distribution plan, according to Montgomery County Health Department Director Joey Smith.
“Knowing that there’s people we knew to identify that’s in those 1a1 of the vaccine deployment, and 1a2 which are the healthcare providers, they sent an email out to all licensed healthcare providers and clinics… The Tennessee Department of Health said you’re in phase 1a1 or 1a2, you could start registering to come a vaccine,” Smith said.
As a reminder, here are the definitions of those groups according to that priority distribution plan:
Phase 1a1, about 450,000 people:
- Inpatient and other high-exposure health care workers
- Residents and staff of long term care facilities
- First responders
Phase 1a2, about 100,000 people:
- All other health care workers
Even as this sheet was not supposed to be shared outside of these designated groups, Smith tells Clarksville Now that the Health Department was anticipating a leak of the webpage such as this.
“They were thinking ahead that there would be people who would put that link on a piece of paper and share it on Facebook like that,” Smith said.
Smith continued, stating that if registrants are not employed with a licensed clinic or healthcare provider, they will be booted from the list and signup sheet if they do not fall under the 1a1 and 1a2 groups.
Registrants who feel they have been wrongly booted from the list will have an opportunity to talk with Health Department officials, as the department will reach out to those individuals and ask them to explain how they fall under the two priority groups.
“We knew that once they blasted it out to all the other healthcare providers, it wouldn’t take long for a doctor to say, ‘Hey look who’s email! Read and register,’ and then someone else shows someone else,” Smith said.