The state has administered more than 220,000 vaccines to date, including for those who are frontline health care workers, first responders and patients and staff in a long-term care facility.
Those in long-term care have been identified as high risk for COVID-19 for hospitalization or death, according to the TDH. To date, 68% of COVID-19-related deaths in Tennessee occurred in residents ages 70 and older, and more than 2,000 deaths were residents in a long-term care facility.
Additionally, beginning Jan. 13, the state—through a partnership with Walgreens and CVS—will begin vaccinating residents and staff in assisted care facilities and homes for the aged.
“Tennessee’s COVID-19 vaccination plan prioritizes those most at risk of serious illness, and it is critical we protect our medically fragile senior citizens, who are at greater risk than other adults of needing hospitalization or dying if diagnosed with COVID-19,” TDH Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey said in a statement.
This news comes as active coronavirus cases in the state continue to climb. As of Jan. 12, the state marked more than 660,000 cases to date and surpassed 8,000 deaths.
In Williamson County, active cases have been above 2,000 for the past few weeks and peaked to a new high Jan. 10 with 2,611 active cases.
Take a look at Williamson County's active case history below.