The University of Tennessee and the Knox County Health Department (KCHD) are teaming up to host H1N1 vaccine clinics before two upcoming basketball games. KCHD medical staff will administer the shots free to the public at the Jan. 31 men’s game against Florida from 11 a.m. until everyone is served after the game, and at the Feb. 4 Lady Vols game against Arkansas from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. or the last person is served.
Both clinics will be in the Pratt Pavilion basketball practice facility adjacent to Thompson-Boling Arena, on the corner of Lake Loudoun and Phillip Fulmer Drive. A second location also will be set in Arena Dining Room “A” at the Phillip Fulmer Drive entrance during the Feb. 4 game.
The clinic will remain open throughout the men’s game on Jan. 31 to service the crowd before and after the game. Game attendees will not be allowed to leave and re-enter the arena once they have presented their ticket, so they should take advantage of the clinic before entering or after leaving the game. People not attending the game may come after tip-off for their vaccines.
“We’ll have plenty of staff available to administer the vaccines and move people through the lines quickly,” said Ranee Randby of the Knox County Health Department. “We appreciate the chance to partner with UT Athletics and hope we’ll be able to reach a lot of people with these clinics.”
KCHD staff will screen for any age requirements, medical issues or additional follow-up needed. For more information, contact the Knox County Health Department at (865) 215-5534.