Gov. Bill Lee: COVID-19 vaccine to open to all Tennesseans age 16 and older by April 5

Gov. Bill Lee announced March 22 the state will open up vaccine registration to all residents age 16 and older beginning April 5. (Screenshot via Facebook)
Gov. Bill Lee announced March 22 the state will open up vaccine registration to all residents age 16 and older beginning April 5. (Screenshot via Facebook)

Gov. Bill Lee announced March 22 the state will open up vaccine registration to all residents age 16 and older beginning April 5. (Screenshot via Facebook)

Shortly following an announcement that Tennessee would move to phases 2A and 2B on March 22, Gov. Bill Lee announced the state will open vaccine eligibility to all Tennesseans age 16 and older in early April, nearly one month ahead of President Joe Biden's call for all states to begin distributing the vaccine for all adults by May 1.

"The federal government has asked us to make sure every adult can receive access by May 1, and Tennessee will beat that deadline," Lee said in a video announcement released on social media.


Tennesseans age 16 and older will be able to sign up for vaccine appointment beginning April 5, Lee said.

Residents age 55 and older can begin signing up for vaccine appointments beginning March 22 as well. Vaccine appointments can be found 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.