COVID-19 Vaccine


Vaccines are more widely available across the country, and we understand you may have questions. Here’s what you need to know.

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It’s Time to Get Your Vaccine

  • As of April 5, 2021, all Tennesseans age 16 and over are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. Learn more from the Tennessee Department of Health about what this expanded eligibility means.
  • Tennessee residents: Find open appointments in your county here.
  • As of April 19, all U.S. residents age 16 and older are eligible for the vaccine. Check with your local health department or visit VaccineFinder to find a list of vaccine locations.
  • Right now, Pfizer is the only vaccine available for children ages 16 and 17. Children younger than 16 are not yet eligible to receive a vaccine. View our chart below for a detailed comparison of the three available vaccines.

If you have concerns about getting a COVID-19 vaccine, talk with your provider.

It’s important to remember this information could change or vary by state or local community.
Vaccine trials including children, pregnant women and booster vaccines are underway. We’ll update this page as researchers learn more.

 

It’s important to remember this information could change or vary by state or local community.
Vaccine trials including children, pregnant women and booster vaccines are underway. We’ll update this page as researchers learn more.

 

Things to know about getting a COVID-19 vaccine:


  • The FDA considers COVID-19 vaccines safe and effective.
  • You won’t have any out-of-pocket costs for the vaccine.
  • You won’t get COVID-19 from a vaccine, according to the CDC.
  • You may need to get two doses of the vaccine, depending on which one you’re offered.
  • You should still practice social distancing, mask wearing and frequent handwashing, even after getting a vaccine.
  • You still need the vaccine even if you’ve had COVID-19.
  • You may need to get the shot(s) every year, like a flu vaccine.

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Guidelines after vaccination
The CDC released recommendations for safely gathering once vaccinated against COVID-19.

 
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Guidelines after vaccination
The CDC released recommendations for safely gathering once vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Current Vaccine Phases in Tennessee

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PHASE 1

1 A1

  • Inpatient and other high-exposure health care workers
  • Residents and staff of long-term care facilities
  • First responders
  • Adults who cannot live independently

1 A2

  • Outpatient health care workers with direct patient exposure, including mortuary services

1 B

  • K-12 and child care staff
  • First responder operations personnel

1 C

  • Those with high-risk health conditions including pregnancy
  • Caregivers of children with high-risk health conditions
  • Permanent household members age 16 and older living with pregnant women
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PHASE 2

2 A

Critical infrastructure, including:

  • Social services
  • Commercial agriculture
  • Commercial food production
  • Corrections staff
  • Public transit

2 B

Critical infrastructure, including:

  • Transportation
  • Public infrastructure
  • Telecommunications
  • Utilities/energy
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PHASE 3

  • Congregate living facilities, including corrections
  • Grocery workers
  • Everyone else who did not fall under a previous phase

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AGE-BASED

In addition to the prioritized phases, Tennesseans are eligible for vaccines based on age. This timeline is tentative and is subject to change:

  • December 2020: Ages 75+
  • January/February 2021: Ages 70+
  • February 2021: 65+
  • March 2021: Ages 55+
  • April 5, 2021: Ages 16+

Vaccine Phases in Tennessee

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PHASE 1

1 A1

  • Inpatient and other high-exposure health care workers
  • Residents and staff of long-term care facilities
  • First responders
  • Adults who cannot live independently

1 A2

  • Outpatient health care workers with direct patient exposure, including mortuary services

1 B

  • K-12 and child care staff
  • First responder operations personnel

1 C

  • Those with high-risk health conditions including pregnancy
  • Caregivers of children with high-risk health conditions
  • Permanent household members age 16 and older living with pregnant women
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PHASE 2

2 A

Critical infrastructure, including:

  • Social services
  • Commercial agriculture
  • Commercial food production
  • Corrections staff
  • Public transit

2 B

Critical infrastructure, including:

  • Transportation
  • Public infrastructure
  • Telecommunications
  • Utilities/energy
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PHASE 3

  • Congregate living facilities, including corrections
  • Grocery workers
  • Everyone else who did not fall under a previous phase
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      AGE-BASED

      In addition to the prioritized phases, Tennesseans are eligible for vaccines based on age. This timeline is tentative and is subject to change:

      • December 2020: Ages 75+
      • January/February 2021: Ages 70+
      • February 2021: 65+
      • March 2021: Ages 55+
      • April 5, 2021: Ages 16+

      The Three COVID-19 Vaccines

      Now that the FDA has given emergency authorization for the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, the U.S. has three vaccines available to help combat COVID-19. This chart, compiled from CDC and vaccine manufacturer data, helps explain the differences among the vaccines. Right now, we don’t have the luxury of choosing which vaccine we get since the federal government handles distribution. Because of that, it’s important to be vaccinated as soon as you’re eligible, no matter which vaccine is offered.

      Moderna

      Pfizer

      Johnson & Johnson JansSen

      • Two shots
      • Two shots
      • One shot
      • 94.1% effective against positive COVID-19 test results or symptomatic infection
      • 95% effective against positive COVID-19 test results or symptomatic infection
      • 72% effective against COVID-19-related moderate to severe illness and 85% against severe cases
      • For ages 18+
      • For ages 16+
      • For ages 18+
      • Doses are 28 days apart
      • Doses are 21 days apart
      • Only 1 dose
      • Side effects may include fatigue, muscle pain, sore arm and rarely severe allergic reaction
      • Side effects may include fatigue, muscle pain, sore arm and rarely severe allergic reaction
      • Side effects may include fatigue, muscle pain and a sore arm

      Moderna

      • 2 shots
      • 94.1% effective against positive COVID-19 test results or symptomatic infection
      • For ages 18+
      • Doses are 28 days apart
      • Side effects may include fatigue, muscle pain, sore arm and rarely severe allergic reaction

      Pfizer

      • 2 shots
      • 95% effective against positive COVID-19 test results or symptomatic infection
      • For ages 16+
      • Doses are 21 days apart
      • Side effects may include fatigue, muscle pain, sore arm and rarely severe allergic reaction

      Johnson & Johnson JansSen

      • 1 shot
      • 72% effective against COVID-19-related moderate to severe illness and 85% against severe cases
      • For ages 18+
      • Only 1 dose
      • Side effects may include fatigue, muscle pain and a sore arm

      Additional vaccination information: None of the three vaccine options will infect you with COVID-19. Some of the vaccines may require a short 15- to 30-minute wait after you’ve received your shot before you go home. As with the flu shot, there is a chance you’ll need to get a yearly vaccination. Ongoing research is being conducted to determine the effects these vaccines have on the new COVID-19 strains. We will update as we know more.

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      We’ve compiled answers to your most-asked questions about COVID-19 vaccines. This is a developing situation, so check back for updated information.

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