East Tenn. seeing 50% vaccine availability, as more than 1M Tennesseans vaccinated

More than one million Tennesseans have been vaccinated.
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Published: Mar. 17, 2021 at 9:56 AM EDT|Updated: Mar. 18, 2021 at 9:45 AM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -East Tennessee is seeing a 50% vaccine availability as more than one million Tennesseans have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

The Tennessee Department of Health announced Wednesday, March 17, it is working with partners across the state to ensure efficient distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in the community.

Many rural Tennessee county health departments are seeing only a fraction of their daily COVID-19 vaccination appointments filled. West Tennessee counties have only about 20 percent of their daily appointments booked and Middle Tennessee has 80 percent of their daily appointments filled.

Officials say they are developing a strategy to accelerate through phases of the vaccination plan while balancing vaccine supply and demand.

The state is now in Phases 1a1, 1a2, 1b and 1c of Tennessee’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan and those aged 65 and older are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination.

Tennesseans may find vaccination providers in their area by visiting VaccineFinder.org. Book an appointment for COVID-19 vaccination through your county health department at COVID19.tn.gov.

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