Vaccine Phases

Note: Information on this page has been gathered from the TN Health Department here. Information contained on this page is subject to change.


Phase 1a1

Frontline Healthcare Workers and Dependent Disabled Adults 

  • Hospital/free-standing emergency department staff with direct patient exposure and/or exposure to potentially infectious materials
  • Home health care staff
  • COVID-19 mass testing site staff (includes drive-through mass testing. Does not include people who work in clinics where testing is performed)
  • Student health providers in a school, college, or university
  • Staff and Residents of LTCF (Live in a Long-term Care Facility, Assisted Living Center, Home for the Aged, Home for People living with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities, or receive care in a group home)
  • Skilled nursing facilities, assisted living centers, homes for the aged, DIDD residential centers, group homes
  • First responders with direct public exposure (front-line law enforcement, fire fighters, emergency medical services, mental health crisis response, rescue squads, frontline corrections officers and jailers, Department of Children’s Services transportation officers, secure residential facility staff serving delinquent youth. Does not include dispatchers and administrative staff)
  • Individuals 18 years or older who cannot live independently due to a serious chronic medical condition or intellectual or developmental disability

Phase 1a2

Outpatient Healthcare Workers with Direct Patient Exposure

  • Primary care providers and staff
  • Outpatient specialty providers and staff working with acute patients
  • Pharmacists and staff
  • Patient transport
  • Outpatient therapists
  • Urgent visit center providers and staff
  • Environmental services
  • Oral health providers
  • Behavioral health providers
  • Outpatient laboratory staff working with COVID-19 specimens
  • Funeral/mortuary workers with direct decedent contact

Phase 1b

K-12, Child Care and Other First Responders

  • K-12, child care teachers and staff
  • Pre-school
  • Other first responders staff and administration (administrative staff, dispatchers, communications staff, other first responders without significant direct public contact)

Phase 1c

Tennesseans 16 Years Old or Older with High-Risk Health Conditions

  • Chronic renal disease 
  • COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, Cystic Fibrosis, moderate-severe asthma
  • Obesity (BMI >30)
  • Heart failure, CAD, cardiomyopathies, hypertension
  • Sickle cell (not including sickle cell trait) or thalassemia
  • Cerebrovascular disease or stroke
  • Dementia
  • Liver disease
  • Technologically-dependent individuals ages >16 years and the household residents and caregivers of children <16 years old who are technologically-dependent (such as individuals who are ventilator-dependent, oxygen-dependent, with tracheostomy, wheelchair-bound due to high-risk medical condition, or require tube feedings, parenteral nutrition, or dialysis)
  • Individuals ages >16 years with immunocompromising conditions and the household residents and caregivers of children <16 years old who have immunocompromising conditions (such as individuals receiving chemotherapy, requiring daily oral steroids or other immunosuppressants, requiring medication to control diabetes, those with HIV/AIDS or other diagnosed high-risk immunodeficiency)
  • Household residents and caregivers of children <16 years old who have complex congenital heart disease requiring ongoing medical management, such as Tetralogy of Fallot, hypoplastic left heart syndrome, and double outlet right ventricle, qualify for the Katie Beckett waiver

Phase 2a

Tennesseans Employed in the Following Critical Infrastructure Industries

  • Social Services (DCS) (includes child welfare agency personnel with direct public exposure)
  • Commercial agriculture
  • Commercial food production
  • Corrections staff not included in 1a1 (includes administrative staff, those without regular public/inmate contact)
  • Public transit

Phase 2b

Tennesseans Employed in the Following Critical Infrastructure Industries

  • Transportation (including postal and package delivery, freight railroad, maritime cargo, commercial or cargo service airports) 
  • Public infrastructure (includes dams, roads, locks, and bridge maintenance and engineering, solid waste collection, and processing)
  • Telecommunications (includes those providing direct services)
  • Utilities/Energy (includes line workers and other maintenance and engineering personnel involved in direct provision of services)

Phase 3

Tennesseans in Other High-Risk Settings

  • Individuals in congregate living facilities (includes those living and working in shelters, college dormitories, other settings where individuals are capable of independent living)
  • Grocery workers
  • Corrections (includes those housed in detention centers, prisons, and jails)

Age-Based Phases

In addition to the phases prioritized by infrastructure and high-risk health conditions, Tennesseans are eligible for vaccines based solely on their age. These age-based phases will run simultaneously with phases prioritized by infrastructure and high-risk health conditions. Phases are determined by supply and uptake in each county.

Age Group
75 years or older
70 years or older
65 years or older
55 years or older
45 years or older
35 years or older
25 years or older
16 years or older <– We are here