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.