NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — More than 30% of Nashville residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine on Monday as the entire state opens up appointments to anyone 16 years or older.
Mayor John Cooper celebrated the news on social media, with a push for the city to meet the goal of having 50% of residents receive at least one dose by May.
UPDATE: Over 30% of Nashvillians have received a vaccine. Let’s get to 50% by May! #50by5— Mayor John Cooper (@JohnCooper4Nash) April 5, 2021
Please go online today to book your appointment. There are openings starting Sunday, April 11th at https://t.co/0pJXgPi0hQ. You can also visit https://t.co/bcz1mwVo3d or call 615-862-7777.
As of April 5, all adults in Tennessee are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine in every county. Gov. Lee announced the move in late March, adding that counties could offer appointments to all adults before the date. Tennessee beat the deadline of May 1 set by President Joe Biden for states to offer vaccines to all adults.
Cooper said Nashville's reopening hinges on its vaccination rate. Restrictions were eased when the city hit 20% and are expected to continue to ease now that the goal of 30% has been met.
Restrictions that are expected to change include the following:
- Indoor gatherings can increase to 15 people.
- Bars and restaurants can increase capacity to 225 people per floor, with social distancing.
- Indoor dining party size can increase to 15 people.
- Large, low-risk conventions can hold up to 3,000 people, with Metro Public Health approval.
- Outdoor stadium capacity can increase to 40 percent.