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State lowers vaccine age requirement

Tennesseans age 55 and older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, regardless of health conditions.

In addition, Gov. Bill Lee announced Monday all Tennesseans age 16 and older will be eligible for vaccination no later than April 5.

“Here’s the big news,” said Lee in a video announcement posted Monday. “No later than April 5, every Tennessee age 16 and up will be eligible to receive the vaccine. A few Tennessee counties will start that process in the upcoming days. The federal government has asked us to make sure every adult can have access by May 1 and Tennessee will beat that deadline.”

Statewide, 19.5% of Tennesseans have received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to the Tennessee Department of Health.

Warren County is at the state average with 19.5% of residents having received one dose and 10.7% of residents receiving two doses, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

In terms of surrounding counties, Van Buren County leads the way with 28.7% of its residents receiving at least one vaccine dose. Grundy County is the lowest at 12.4%.

Tennessee continues to see increasing supplies of COVID-19 vaccines, which allows the state to rapidly accelerate eligibility to receive the vaccination:

• 2.9 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been delivered to Tennessee providers

• The state is expecting approximately 311,000 vaccine doses the week of March 22

• The state is expecting new allocations of Johnson & Johnson vaccine the week of March 29, which will increase weekly supplies by 30%.