COVID-19 Update from Tennessee Department of Health from February 18

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Week’s highlights
• TDH launches new online scheduling tool for COVID-19 vaccination appointments
• Tennesseans aged 65 and older and those in Phase 1b are eligible for vaccination beginning Feb. 22 • TDH updates the state COVID-19 Vaccination Plan Feb. 16
• Tennessee reaches 1,000,000 COVID-19 vaccines administered and more than 10 percent of Tennesseans have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine
Current efforts
• TDH has launched a new online scheduling tool that allows users to book their appointment for COVID-19 vaccination at participating health department sites when they are eligible.
• Tennesseans can access the system at Vaccinate.tn.gov, enter their demographic information and choose a date and time for their vaccination appointment.
• More than 344,500 Tennesseans over age 70 have received their first doses of COVID-19 vaccine. It is a top priority to protect Tennessee senior citizens, who are the most vulnerable to hospitalization and death from COVID-19. Tennesseans age 70 and older are urged to book their appointments now for this safe, free and highly effective vaccine that could save their lives.
• Tennesseans aged 65 and older and those in Phase 1b of the state’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination beginning Feb. 22. Phase 1b includes staff members of kindergarten through 12th grade schools and child care facilities and operations personnel of first responder agencies.
• Due to their independent operations and larger populations, Tennessee’s metropolitan counties may have different instructions for registering for COVID-19 vaccination. Residents in these areas should check with local authorities about their plans.
• TDH updated the state’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan Feb. 16. Pregnant women have been added to Phase 1c. Pregnant women are at increased risk for hospitalization and death due to COVID-19, and may choose to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as part of Phase 1c along with others with high-risk health conditions.
• Medically fragile teenagers aged 16-17 have been added to Phase 1a1 of the state’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan and are now eligible for vaccination.
• Tennessee is rapidly vaccinating those at highest risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19. To date, more than 723,000 Tennesseans have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
• Almost 113,000 vaccinations were provided in the past week, despite extreme weather conditions that forced several county health departments to close and reschedule appointments.
• While dangerous winter weather conditions have delayed federal deliveries of COVID-19 vaccine, no doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been lost in Tennessee due to this week’s winter weather.
• TDH expects further disruption in vaccination activities throughout this week due to weather, and is rescheduling vaccination appointments for those whose plans were delayed by weather-related closures. • More than 1.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered to about 475 Tennessee providers. • More than 343,000 Tennesseans are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
• The Tennessee COVID-19 Long-Term Care Task Force met Feb. 16.
• TDH holds a webinar for health care providers every Friday from noon – 1 p.m. Central time for providers to submit questions that are answered by the immunization program team. Learn more and register for the Feb. 19 webinar at www.tn.gov/content/tn/health/cedep/ncov/covid-19-webinars.html.