Tennessee moves to vaccinate in long-term care facilities as COVID-19 cases climb

Tennessee is working to vaccinate vulnerable populations, including those age 75 and older. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Tennessee is working to vaccinate vulnerable populations, including those age 75 and older. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Tennessee is working to vaccinate vulnerable populations, including those age 75 and older. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The Tennessee Department of Health announced Jan. 12 it is making progress in vaccinating high-risk populations, including those in long-term care facilities.

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.
By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.