NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Metro Public Health officials will allow up to 500 people to walk-in without an appointment to receive the Pfizer shot.
“I think it’s great. Getting people vaccinated and try to get the city opened up,” Nick Kaiser, of Nashville, said.
Hundreds of people will file into Music City Center this week for a COVID vaccine shot.
“I think that’s a great idea because I know for me it was hard for me to get an appointment for a little bit,” Julie King, of Nashville, said. “So just being able to walk in and get in and out I think more people will be able to do that.”
Currently, 35% of Nashville has been vaccinated. City leaders are pushing for that percentage to go up to 50-percent vaccinations by May.
One couple in town celebrating their 32nd wedding anniversary believes this opportunity gives more accessibility to get the vaccine but thinks people should still wear masks.
“Quite frankly other cities I’ve gone to, there were a lot more people with masks on and so when we came down on Broadway we were really surprised by the number people who weren’t wearing mask…and so I was a little concern,” Gary Nelson, who’s visiting Nashville for the weekend, said.
Metro Health officials said this is something they've always wanted to do, and they have more than enough supply of the vaccine.
“Of the 66 million Americans that have been vaccinated fully there have been .008% incidents of cases,” said Dr. Alex Jahangir, who is the chair of Metro’s COVID Task Force, said. “So .008…so 58 hundred cases out 66 million people that are vaccinated. Vaccines work.”
The walk-in vaccine event will start Monday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.