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Tennesseans 16+: Now Eligible for a COVID-19 Vaccine
Information from TN Dept of Health about the Ongoing Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine

Tennessee health care providers are now administering COVID-19 vaccinations to Tennesseans as outlined in our COVID-19 Vaccination Plan. Tennessee’s phased approach to administering COVID-19 vaccines prioritizes those most at risk of illness and death from COVID-19. This page provides information on how Tennesseans may receive a COVID-19 vaccination.

Tennesseans will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination by the phase in which they fall. Categories included in the phases of Tennessee’s vaccination plan are as follows:

Phase 1a1 Phase 1a2 Phase 1b Phase 1c Phase 2 Phase 3

Inpatient health care workers

All other health care workers School and child care facility workers

People age 16 and older who have high-risk health conditions

Critical infrastructure workers People in congregate living facilities
Other health care workers with high-risk exposure to COVID-19 Funeral home and mortuary service workers First responder agency administrative service workers     Grocery store workers
Residents and staff members of long-term health care facilities         People in correctional facilities
First responders          
People age 18 and over who are not able to live independently due to health care conditions or developmental or intellectual disability          

For more details of each category, go to


Age-based Vaccination for COVID-19

Tennessee is vaccinating anyone aged 70 and older, no matter what phase they may fall in, as they are at highest risk for serious illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. Your county health department may be booking appointments to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to people age 70 and older. Learn how to contact your county health department and book your appointment here.

How Do I Get a COVID-19 Vaccination When It’s My Phase? 

Tennessee counties will move through the phases of the COVID-19 Vaccination Plan at different times, based on the availability of vaccines. People qualifying for vaccination may be offered vaccine by their employer, through their local health department or through a partnering hospital. Your county health department may be booking appointments to provide COVID-19 vaccinations when it’s your phase. Learn what phase your county is in and how to book your appointment  here.