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Tennessee to move to COVID-19 vaccine phase 1b next week

Teachers, first responders, residents 65 and older to become eligible Monday

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WCS Trinity Elementary student

A teacher assists a student at Trinity Elementary School during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Teachers, K–12 school staff, first responders and those 65 and older will be able to register for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment starting next week.

The Tennessee Department of Health announced that on Monday, Feb. 22, it will be moving on from the first phases of its vaccine distribution plan, 1a1 and 1a2, to phase 1b, which includes all K–12 school staff and administrators, including part-time workers, and first responders who did not qualify under earlier phases. Additionally, the age-based eligibility will be lowered from 70-plus to 65 and older.

“Tennessee has administered more than 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine so far, and we’ve made substantial progress in protecting our senior citizens who are over age 70 through vaccination,” Tennessee Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey said. “While we remain focused on our seniors, who are the highest-risk population, we’re able to expand vaccine eligibility to these additional groups as our supply continues to grow each week.”

The state has launched an online registration tool, where county residents can now request a vaccine appointment with the Williamson County Health Department, at

Additionally, in a recent update, the state has added pregnant women to phase 1c of its vaccine plan.

To find out in which phase you are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Tennessee, visit Additionally, those who are not currently eligible for the vaccine can sign up to receive alerts when Williamson County begins their phase of eligibility at

For more local information about COVID-19, visit

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