NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) – A COVID-19 metro test and vaccination center on 28th Avenue North will close in late April.
The Nashville Office of Emergency Management, Metro Nashville Public Health Department, in partnership with Meharry Medical College, decided to suspend operations at the parking lot near Charlotte Avenue due to the drop in COVID-19 infections and the number of patients.
Officials will close the center on April 29 at closing time.
The location on 28th Avenue North and the former Kmart location administered a total of 600 tests a day at the end of January and about 50 vaccinations a day. The vaccinations at the sites have since dropped to around 10 vaccinations a day.
“Offering free testing and vaccination to our community has been an important part of our mission to keep Nashville healthy and safe throughout the pandemic,” said Dr. Gill C. Wright III, Health Director of Nashville and Davidson County. “The Metro Public Health Department continues to monitor the community’s COVID-19 situation. A moderate increase in infections has been observed over the past few weeks.”
Dr. Wright said epidemiologists at MPHD do not expect an increase due to the BA2 variant, based on their ongoing review of local, national, and worldwide data.
The staff at 28th Avenue North worked a total of 35,700 man-hours. They have provided more than 39,700 COVID-19 tests and more than 11,280 COVID-19 vaccinations since operations began in September 2021.
Testing and vaccinations have been free without the need for an appointment or proof of Davidson County residency at any outdoor testing and vaccination center since Meharry Medical College began operating the sites in the spring of 2020.
NEED A COVID TEST OR VACCINATION?
The COVID-19 test / vaccination center, located at the former Kmart – at 2491 Murfreesboro Pike – will remain operational for the foreseeable future.
The center is open Monday – Friday from 7.00 to 13.00
Testing and vaccinations are free to the public and there is no need to book an appointment. Tests are also available from your primary care physician, grocery stores and pharmacies.