Tennessee Announces Significant Increase in COVID-19 Vaccines; Expands to Phase 1c Eligibility on March 8, 2021
Officials with the Tennessee Department of Health announced that it received notice from federal health officials that there will soon be a “significant increase in the amount of COVID-19 vaccines” coming to Tennessee. Dr. Lisa Piercey made the announcement via a news conference on Tuesday afternoon (March 2). The increased vaccinations come on the heels of the Federal Drug Administration’s authorization of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use. Nearly 4 million Janssen COVID-19 vaccinations will be distributed among the states proportionately by population. Officials from the White House COVID-19 Response team relayed that the single dose Janssen COVID-19 vaccines could be delivered as early as March 2, 2021. While Tennessee will receive more than 54,000 Janssen vaccines, the state will also receive more than 200,000 doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. For more information on the Janssen COVID-19 vaccination, please see the FDA’s announcement here.
Dr. Piercey also announced that the state of Tennessee will transition to Phase 1c of its phase-based vaccination plan. Beginning Monday, March 8, Tennessee counties may begin allowing individuals in Phase 1c to schedule appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations. Phase-based status is subject to local availability. This expansion comes nearly one month prior to the projected timeline for Phase 1c expansion originally set for late March or early April. Phase 1c includes Tennesseans age 16 years or older with high-risk conditions, such as pregnancy, diabetes, obesity, and caregivers of children with high-risk conditions. Phase 1c is expected to include more than 1.1 million Tennesseans.
For a complete list of Phase 1c populations, please visit the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Phases. Please be advised that each county makes the final determination of its phase-based expansion. Therefore, Hamilton County may not expand its phase-based eligibility until sometime after March 8. For county-specific vaccine information, please visit the Vaccination Locator.
The Hamilton County Health Department provides the most up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination information through its Connect With Us portal.
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