Tennesseans who’re 70 years of age or older are actually eligible to obtain the coronavirus vaccine, state well being officers stated on Monday.
Starting at present, the 70 plus group can register to obtain the jab, a transfer made attainable following a rise within the state’s allocation of COVID-19 vaccines, in accordance with a information launch from the Tennessee Department of Health.
Health officers estimate that there are about 300,000 Tennesseans between the ages of 70 to 74, who’ve a “70 p.c increased price of dying and a 40 p.c increased price of hospitalization from COVID-19 as in comparison with these aged 65 to 69,” officers stated.
“Tennessee will proceed to maneuver via phases of the state’s COVID-19 vaccination plan as vaccine provides enhance. TDH expects the state could possibly develop vaccination to Phase 1b teams and people aged 65 and older as quickly as March if vaccine provides continues to extend, as anticipated,” per the information launch.
An estimated 280,058 folks within the state have obtained no less than one dose of both the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine, whereas 193,096 folks have obtained each doses, in accordance with official estimates.
Tennesse ranks above quite a lot of different states by way of its vaccination efforts, in accordance with knowledge from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that reveals almost 628,000 complete doses have been administered within the Volunteer State as of Monday, a price of 9,195 per 100,000 folks.