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TN Department of Health Covid-19 Brief #1

There are some great links in here to learn more about the Tennessee Department of Health’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan. You can download the whole brief or read the information below. There are a chart in the file that shows the allocation timeline and phases.


  • The Tennessee Department of Health, along with other state and local agencies submitted Tennessee’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on October 16, 2020. TDH developed this plan after review of the CDC’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program Interim Playbook for Jurisdictional Operations, the recommendations of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine, and in consultation with Tennessee’s Unified Command Group and a stakeholder group of 30 partner agencies and offices.
  • The plan was updated Dec. 2, and is subject to change given private sector dynamics and decision- making at the federal level.
  • To date, there are more than 250 approved COVID-19 vaccine providers for Phase 1a in Tennessee.
  • The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended on Dec. 1, 2020 that the initial phase of the COVID-19 vaccination program (Phase 1a) should be offered to health care personnel and residents of long-term care facilities.
  • Pfizer will ship the vaccine directly to health care facilities.
  • The safety of COVID-19 vaccines is a top priority. The U.S. vaccine safety system ensures that all vaccines are as safe as possible. Learn how federal partners are working together to ensure the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.


  • Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and Tennessee Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey participated in the White House COVID-19 Vaccine Roundtable in Washington, DC on Dec. 8, 2020
  • Tennessee Governor Bill Lee joined Vice President Mike Pence in Memphis Dec. 3, 2020 in a roundtable highlighting Operation Warp Speed and the CDC’s vaccine distribution program and Tennessee’s plan to allocate and distribute vaccinations once approved.
  • Overview of Tennessee’s vaccination plan presented to leadership of the Tennessee Hospital Association, Tennessee Medical Association and Rural Health Association. Planning and coordination are ongoing with myriad other stakeholders and partners including county and regional health departments across the state.
  • Members of the Unified Command group and TDH Vaccine Preventable Diseases and Immunization Program met with local government leaders in Davidson and Hamilton counties this week and in Shelby and Knox counties last week.



  • Anticipating 56,550 doses on Dec. 15 (subject to change), to be distributed directly from Pfizer to 28 hospitals serving Phase 1a populations greater than 1,400 people
  • Pfizer vaccine is a two-dose regimen with 21 days between doses
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration to hold Emergency Use Authorization meeting Dec. 10


  • Anticipating 115,200 doses on or around Dec. 22, to be distributed to smaller hospitals and county health departments
  • Moderna vaccine is a two-dose regimen with 28 days between doses
  • FDA Emergency Use Authorization meeting Dec. 17


FAQs on Tennessee’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan: View the FAQs

Tennessee’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan: View the Plan

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