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Lincoln County, TN adding COVID vaccine eligibility; other Tennessee counties doing the same

While the state of Tennessee is not adding people 16+ until April 5, some Tennessee Counties are opening their eligibility earlier.

LINCOLN COUNTY, Tenn. — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced Monday that starting April 5th, Tennessee will open up COVID-19 vaccinations to everyone in the state ages 16 and up. Currently, those 55 and older and those in Phase 2 are eligible to get the vaccine.

Lincoln County, TN, is not waiting until April 5 to open COVID vaccine eligibility. They are opening it now. Alabama and Tennessee don't require you to be a resident to get a COVID vaccination, as long as you are in an eligible group.

The Lincoln County Emergency Management Agency said in a Facebook post:

Good news!  Starting today, the South Central Region, including Lincoln County, is opening vaccine to anyone age 16 and older, by appointment please.  

Increased eligibility does not mean that there won't be a wait. Many counties in Alabama and Tennessee have waiting lists for vaccine appointments.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced Monday that starting April 5th, Tennessee will open up COVID-19 vaccinations to everyone in the state ages 16 and up. Currently, those 55 and older and those in Phase 2 are eligible to get the vaccine.

But some cities and counties in Tennessee aren't waiting.

RELATED: Tennessee will open up COVID-19 vaccinations to everyone 16+ starting April 5

Shelby County, including the City of Memphis, is expanding the list of who can get the vaccine in two stages:

We are opening vaccinations to Phase 3, ages 45+. We still have 8,000 appointments available this week, so please sign up at the link below. We will open vaccinations to adults ages 16+ on Friday, March 26.

Also, Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center is now offering COVID-19 vaccinations to ALL eligible Veterans by appointment only. This is similar to Alabama's recent announcement the COVID vaccines would be available to all eligible veterans in the state.

Alabama opened up vaccine eligibility to Phase 1c on March 22.

RELATED: Eligible Veterans of all ages can now receive vaccine through VA clinics

CLICK HERE FOR TENNESSEE COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION


In Georgia, Gov. Brian Kemp announced on Tuesday that any Georgian 16 and over can get the COVID-19 vaccine starting Thursday, March 25.

He made the announcement during a press conference at the State Capitol with Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey and Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency Director Chris Stallings.

RELATED: COVID-19 vaccine eligibility expanding to all Georgians 16 and older on Thursday