TN Counties Surrounding Hamilton Co. Offer COVID-19 Vaccinations to Adults 70+; AL to Begin Offering Vaccines to Residents 65+ on Feb. 8
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Tennessee Counties Surrounding Hamilton County Begin Offering COVID-19 Vaccinations to Adults 70+; Hamilton County Vaccinations Remain Open to Residents 75+; Alabama to Begin Offering Vaccinations to Residents 65+ on February 8
The Tennessee Department of Health announced counties may begin administering COVID-19 vaccinations to Tennesseans age 70 and older this week as the state is receiving increased allotments of vaccines. Tennesseans age 70 and older may begin registering for COVID-19 vaccinations on February 2. While the state has given the go-ahead, each county still has the final decision in administering vaccines to selected populations. Counties with larger populations may have different plans for administering their vaccine allotments. This means Hamilton County will likely not offer vaccines to individuals 70+ as early as Tennessee counties surrounding it. As of February 2, Hamilton County is still offering age-based vaccines to Hamilton County residents 75+. Interested persons are encouraged to visit the county vaccine locator for more information. The county vaccine locator provides up-to-date, risk-based, and age-based phases for each county. For more instructions for individuals 70 or older, please visit the Tennessee Department of Health website.
The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) announced it will extend COVID-19 vaccination eligibility to Alabama residents age 65 and older. Any Alabama resident 65 or older may begin registering for COVID-19 vaccinations on Monday, February 8. Alabama’s plan also extends coverage to certain critical frontline workers. For more information on Alabama’s plan and a full list of workers included in the plan, read the ADPH press release.
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