Tennessee moves to next vaccination phase on Monday

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Shelby County moved into the next phase of the vaccination schedule on Monday.

Those now eligible to get the vaccine include anyone 16 years of age or older who has a high-risk health condition. This includes the following conditions:

  • Chronic renal disease
  • COPD
  • Pulmonary fibrosis or moderate-severe asthma
  • Obesity (BMI > 30)
  • Heart conditions, including heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy and hypertension
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Cerebrovascular disease or stroke
  • Dementia

The caregivers of these individuals are also eligibile along with pregnant women.

The age eligibility remains at 65 years of age and older.

People like Briana Wynn, who got the vaccine, say it was very important for them to get the vaccine.

“It was very important for me to make sure I’m protecting the ones around me especially those who can’t even get a vaccine right now,” Wynn said.

On Monday, the city of Memphis said all second dose Moderna appointments for this Tuesday and Wednesday that were scheduled at the Pipkin Building will be moved down the street to the Fire Prevention Bureau off Avery Avenue.

The entire state is moving to this phase Monday, allowing more than one million Tennesseans to become eligible for the Covid vaccine. For more information from the Tennessee State Health Department, click here.

If you are a veteran trying to get the shot, your vaccination location recently changed. The Memphis VA Hospital recently announced that vaccinations will be relocated to the Bed Tower Lobby starting Monday. The entrance is located off of Pauline Street.

Veterans can get vaccinated by appointment from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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