Tennessee to move to Phase 1B of COVID-19 vaccine plan Feb. 22; next phase will include teachers, residents 65 and older

The Tennessee Department of Health has administered more than 1 million vaccines to date. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Tennessee Department of Health has administered more than 1 million vaccines to date. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Tennessee Department of Health has administered more than 1 million vaccines to date. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Tennessee Department of Health announced it will open registration for the COVID-19 vaccine in the next week for those in Phase 1B of the state's plan.

Phase 1B includes teachers and school staff in K-12 schools and child care facilities. Those in the next phase can begin registering for the vaccine Feb. 22, according to the TDH.

The state will also move to its next age bracket, which will make residents age 65 and older eligible to receive the vaccine.

This past week, the state has passed a new milestone in vaccinating more than 1 million residents. In Williamson County, nearly 42,000 residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to TDH data.

“Tennessee has administered more than 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine so far, and we’ve made substantial progress in protecting our senior citizens who are over age 70 through vaccination,” TDH Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey said in the announcement. “While we remain focused on our seniors, who are the highest-risk population, we’re able to expand vaccine eligibility to these additional groups as our supply continues to grow each week.”


Williamson County Schools has already received state approval to become a vaccine distributor for WCS teachers and staff, according to a Feb. 2 announcement from the district.

Once vaccine allocations are provided through the TDH, doses will be administered at Independence High School, according to WCS.
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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