vaccine

Tennessee continues efforts to administer COVID-19 vaccinations as described in the state’s COVID-19 vaccination plan.

Tennessee county health department staff members administered more than 25,000 COVID-19 vaccinations during the New Year weekend, and more than 157,000 vaccinations were administered statewide as of Jan. 4.

“We are pleased with the overwhelming interest Tennesseans are showing in receiving COVID-19 vaccinations and are working as quickly as possible to provide vaccinations as we receive additional shipments of vaccines,” said state Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey. “Some Tennesseans are now receiving their second doses of vaccine, as well, so they will be well protected against COVID-19.”

COVID-19 vaccine supplies remain limited at this time, and availability of vaccines varies by county. Tennessee is currently working to vaccinate phase 1a populations and people 75 and older as vaccine supplies are available.

It is important to note Tennessee counties may progress through COVID-19 vaccination phases at different times, depending on supplies of COVID-19 vaccines. To learn what phase a county is in, visit covid19.tn.gov/covid-19-vaccines/vaccine-phases.

This week, shipments of COVID-19 vaccines are expected to arrive at Tennessee pharmacies that partnered with long-term care facilities to vaccinate their residents and staff members onsite, as outlined in phase 1a1 of Tennessee’s COVID-19 vaccination plan.

As county health departments vaccinate phase 1a2 and begin to vaccinate people 75 years and older, pharmacies will also administer vaccines for long-term care facility residents and employees. Although this may result in smaller shipments to county health departments, it is critical to get vaccines to those who are the highest risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 as quickly as possible.

TDH reminded all Tennesseans that in addition to vaccination, wearing a facemask, maintaining social distance and getting tested when exposed or sick are critical to control the pandemic.

On Dec. 30, the Tennessee Department of Health updated the Tennessee COVID-19 vaccination plan. The plan is available at tn.gov/content/dam/tn/health/documents/cedep/novel-coronavirus/COVID-19_Vaccination_Plan.pdf. Find answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccination at tn.gov/content/dam/tn/health/documents/cedep/novel-coronavirus/COVID-19_Vaccine_FAQ.pdf.

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