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COVID-19 vaccination timeline: When and how can you get a vaccine?

By Caleb Revill,

The Mirror-Exchange


The Tennessee Health Department’s Facebook page released information on a COVID-19 vaccine phases rollout timeline on Wednesday, Dec. 30.

“COVID-19 vaccines remain limited at this time, and Tennessee’s allocation plan prioritizes those most at risk of illness and death from COVID-19,” said Tennessee Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey in a press release. “The plan also prioritizes critical infrastructure workers who have direct public exposure or work in environments posing a higher risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19.“

The phases are broken down into seven priority vaccination groups, starting at health care workers (phase 1a1) and ending at grocery workers (phase 3). In between these priority group phases are “Simultaneous Age-Based Criteria Phases” for the general public, starting at ages 75-plus and ending at ages 16-plus.

“We are still vaccinating folks in the 1a1 and 1a2 phase if they haven’t received, plus we have also opened it up to those in the 75+ age group,” said Gibson County Health Department Director Danna Taylor. “We have seen a great demand and uptake.”

Gibson County residents 75 and older who wish to receive a COVID-19 vaccine can contact the county health department at 731-884-2645 to learn more about setting up an appointment. Residents at long-term care facilities are within the priority phase 1a1 group and are expected to have vaccinations available soon.

Current vaccinations are administered in two separate shots. According to Tennessee’s state website, those who choose to receive the vaccine will receive a card with the date of their first dose, the name/manufacturer of the vaccine received and the date on which they should receive their second dose.

According to data from the Tennessee Health Department’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard,” 126,887 total Tennesseans have already received their first round of vaccinations as of Jan. 1. In Gibson County, 1.83% of residents have had their first round of vaccinations administered.

The next priority group “phase 1b” is expected to begin receiving vaccines in February or March. This phase group includes K-12 school teachers, child care staff and additional first responders. Shortly after, the 65+ age group is expected to qualify for receiving vaccines.

“As far as managing vaccine distribution, we have been able to vaccinate the current phases as soon as we receive it,” Taylor said. “It’s been all hands on board.”

More information about COVID-19 and vaccination frequently asked questions is available at the Tennessee’s government website:


  1. Mavis C Weaver on January 11, 2021 at 8:22 am

    This information is not accurate. I spoke with the Gibson County Health Dept on the afternoon of January 6,2021 after leaving my doctor’s office in Milan. The person answering the phone was brisk but firm. They have a list of over 1000 people who need the vaccine but the list was closed on January 5,2021. They have no idea when they will receive more vaccine. I have registered with the state of Tennessee website as advised by Gibson County Health Dept to just follow social media.

    At age 79 and some issues that make me vulnerable, I should not be given such a run around.

  2. Tom Elder on January 16, 2021 at 5:54 pm

    Why can’t the vaccine be given at every health department. This would help speed the vaccine process up. Only the county health department is giving the vaccine. This is crazy. People sitting around at local health department that could be giving out vaccine. Also less exposure when you spread out distribution to every health department. Of course you have to have vaccine drug to be able to give it anywhere. Gibson County shows it’s been out for 2 weeks. But in other counties people not qualify but were able to get vaccine so they don’t have to throw it away. I’d say TN vaccine program is not working very efficient at all. Plus they are not following CDC quidelines. 65 and up should be getting vaccine now but are not.

  3. David Taylor on January 25, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    Living in Gibson County I personally would like to have a better update to where our health departments at as far as stage wise. I understand that medicine is short but people would still like to know where and when the shots might be available

  4. Deborah Joan Sterling on January 31, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    If I’m on disability with COPD and Chronic Renal Failure will I gget mine sooner?

  5. Deborah Joan Sterling on January 31, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    What does that mean?

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