Chattanooga, TN – According to the statement, people over the age of 75, all healthcare workers, first responders, residents and staff of long-term care facilities, funeral workers and those 18 and up that are unable to live independently are able to get vaccinated. These groups of people fall under phases 1a1, 1a2 or the age base criteria.

Tennessee Department of Heath is changing its COVID-19 vaccination plan. These changes include adding people living in households with medically fragile children to Phase 1c of the state’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan, which according to the state, should start taking place in March or April.

Vaccination of their parents, caregivers and other household residents will help protect these children, since at this time no COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for use in children under age 16.

Phase 1c also includes people age 16 and older who have medical conditions that put them at high risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19.

Tennessee correctional officers and jailers have also been added to Phase 1a1 of Tennessee’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan.