Tennessee is changing its Covid-19 vaccination plan. In the new plan, the state will begin providing vaccines to older populations while simultaneously moving through the phases of vaccination based on risk factors associated with occupation.
In his press conference Thursday, Governor Bill Lee talked about what the state hopes to accomplish with the new plan.
We are including now, as a layered approach, citizens that are 75 (years of age) and over,” said Lee. “By prioritizing the older, more vulnerable populations we are doing it concurrently with our phased approach that we have put out previously. We think this going to make our distribution more efficient and cut hospitalizations and our death rate more quickly.”
Dr. Lisa Piercey, the Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Health says Tennessee is unique in this approach.
“To my knowledge, this is one of the few, if not the only the only (state) that is taking this concurrent approach,” said Piercey. “Regardless of what other states are doing, we want to be sure and have the most affective plan for Tennesseans.”
The state anticipates vaccines to be widely available to the public by late spring or early summer of 2021.