Tennessee to allow counties to move to new vaccination phases 'as supply allows'

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Posted at 1:33 PM, Mar 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-19 14:37:18-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) says it’s allowing counties to progress through each vaccination phase “as vaccine supply allows.”

TDH officials confirmed the update Friday, adding they would release more information Monday to discuss the state’s next steps and updates to its vaccination plan.

"As Tennessee continues working to protect those most at risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19 and provide vaccinations as quickly as possible, counties may progress through each of the phases as vaccine supply allows,” the state said in part on Friday.

Thursday night, Montgomery County officials announced that anyone included in phases 2a and 2b and anyone 55-and-older could begin registering for appointments today.

Click here to read more about who’s included in phases 2a and 2b.

Currently, Metro is in Phase 1c of its vaccination plan, which includes pregnant women and those over the age of 16 who have high-risk medical conditions. Nashville is hosting its first mass vaccination event on Saturday.

Click here to find information about individual counties.


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What is COVID-19 (a.k.a. the new coronavirus?)

According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Examples include the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV)and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. COVID-19 stands for "Coronavirus disease 2019," which is when this strain of the coronavirus was discovered.

What are the symptoms?

The CDC says patients confirmed to have the 2019-nCoV reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

At this time, the CDC believes symptoms could appear as soon as two days after exposure, or as long as 14 days.


The CDC is recommending "common sense" measures such as:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.