Tennessee VA now offering COVID-19 vaccine for veterans age 65 and older

The state has taken steps in the past weeks to vaccinate at-risk populations. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
The state has taken steps in the past weeks to vaccinate at-risk populations. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The state has taken steps in the past weeks to vaccinate at-risk populations. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Veterans in Tennessee age 65 or older may now qualify for the COVID-19 vaccine through the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

The TVHS announced Jan. 19 it has begun offering the Moderna vaccine to high-risk veterans and veterans age 65 and older.

Other eligible groups include homeless veterans, nursing home patients, dialysis and transplant patients and chemotherapy patients.

Veterans enrolled with the TVHS can sign up to indicate interest in receiving the vaccine, after which they will be informed of when they are eligible to receive it, according to the TVHS. Veterans do not need to contact the VA or show up in person to request a vaccine.

Those who are interested in receiving alerts from the TVHS can sign up here.

While much of the state is still in the first phases of its vaccine rollout—which include inoculating those age 75 and older and those who work in health care and as first responders—the state has also taken steps to prioritize other at-risk populations, such as those with intellectual and developmental disabilities who cannot live independently.

To find out if you or a family member are eligible for current phases of the vaccine, take the questionnaire in the state's vaccine eligibility tool here.
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.


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