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COVID-19 vaccination plans continue moving forward, but not without issues for many

COVID-19 vaccine
Posted at 6:08 PM, Jan 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-05 22:17:36-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Governor Bill Lee says more than 150,000 Tennesseans have been vaccinated in the last two weeks. The state is currently prioritizing health care workers, the elderly, and nursing home residents since they are most at risk.

Governor Lee says they are working on getting more people vaccinated and waiting for more supplies.

But there are many anxiously waiting to get the shot. People across Middle Tennessee have posted on social media saying they've had issues getting through to their local health departments.

Another complaint being made online is that although they are eligible to get vaccinated, they haven't been able to make an appointment.

Some counties can't seem to give out the vaccines fast enough. Over the weekend, the Maury County Health Department ran out of vaccines within the hours.

Governor Bill Lee tried to reassure Tennesseans Tuesday.

"If you weren’t able to get your shot this weekend or this past week don’t be discouraged, said Governor Lee, "supply is limited but we are vaccinating Tenesseans as fast as we can get doses. Prioritizing elderly and nursing homes."

Some local leaders say when the state changed the vaccine phases to include those over the age of 75 – the state didn’t give them enough time to get organized or come up with a good system to roll out the vaccine.

The state released a new digital tool created to help inform Tennesseans when they will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

The tool allows users to receive updates and notifications about their vaccine phase and provides risk-based and age-based phase information at the county level.