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Tennessee moves to next phase of COVID vaccinations; teachers, 65 and older group now eligible

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Posted at 7:50 AM, Feb 22, 2021

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Tennessee has moved into its next phase of COVID-19 vaccinations, adding teachers, child care workers and those aged 65 and older. However, individual counties, including Davidson, are moving at a different pace.

Metro said it would begin vaccinations for those 65 and older once they make more progress with the 70 and older group. Brian Todd, director of communications for Metro Public Health, said Nashville will remain in 70+ phase "for a few weeks."

Tennessee Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey said while the state is staying focused on senior citizens in terms of the vaccine, they are now able to expand into phase 1b – adding in teachers, child care workers and broadening the age to 65 and up.

Dr. Piercey said the state has had more than 1 million people roll up their sleeve to get the shot.

Also, there is an addition for the next phase of the vaccine. The health department said pregnant women can get the vaccine as a part of the 1c phase. These women are encouraged to talk with their health care providers to help make informed decisions on the vaccine.

Because of supply, Tennesseans should check with their local health department to see which phase the county is in for vaccine distribution. The state health department launched an online scheduling tool for those wanting to make an appointment. Click here for more information.