Shelby County’s updated vaccination schedule

By , Daily Memphian Updated: March 03, 2021 2:29 PM CT | Published: December 31, 2020 4:46 PM CT

Vaccine distribution plan, as of March 3.

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.

Anyone age 70 and up (current phase)

Phase 1b — concurrent with age-based vaccinations of anyone age 65 and older (current phase)

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

Phase 1c (Begins Monday, March 8)

  • 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 — concurrent with age-based vaccinations of anyone age 55 and up (estimated to begin in the second quarter)

  • 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.

Phase 3 — concurrent with age-based vaccinations of anyone age 45 and up, then age 35 and up (estimated to begin in the second or third quarter) 

  • Others in high-risk settings, including residents and staff in congregate living facilities (dorms, college housing, shelters), grocery workers, corrections

Vaccinations of those aged 25 and up, followed by those age 16 and up are estimated to begin in the third or fourth quarter.


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