Shelby County’s updated vaccination schedule

By , Daily Memphian Updated: March 22, 2021 9:42 AM CT | Published: December 31, 2020 4:46 PM CT

Vaccine distribution plan, as of March 22.

All adults

Tennessee’s Health Department announced on Friday, March 19, that the state would open vaccinations up to all adults and “counties may progress through each of the phases as vaccine supply allows.”

Additional details surrounding the new plan should be released Monday, March 22. 

Shelby County has also opened local vaccinations up to:

Anyone age 55 and up (current phase)

Phase 1a1 (current phase)

  • Inpatient and other high-exposure health care workers 
  • Residents and staff of long-term care facilities (skilled nursing facilities, assisted living centers, homes for the aged, Department of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) residential centers, group homes)
  • Individuals 18 and older who are unable to live independently due to a serious chronic medical condition or intellectual or developmental disability
  • First responders
  • Funeral/mortuary workers* (Phase 1a2, but moved up by Shelby County Health Department)

Phase 1a2 (current phase)

  • All other health care workers with direct patient exposure.

Phase 1b (current phase)

  • K-12 school and child care staff
  • First responder administration (including dispatchers and other emergency communications personnel)

Phase 1c (current phase)

  • Individuals age 16 and older with co-morbidities (including current cancer patients, chronic renal disease, COPD, severe asthma, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary fibrosis, obesity, hypertension, sickle cell, disease and those who are immunocompromised)
  • Caregivers of children under 16 with high-risk co-morbidities 

Phase 2a/b (current phase)

  • 2a: Critical infrastructure (defined by Tennessee Department of Health as social services, commercial agriculture, commercial food production, corrections staff, public transit)
  • 2b: Critical infrastructure (defined by Tennessee Department of Health as transportation — including postal workers, public infrastructure, telecommunications, utilities/energy)



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