Tennessee COVID-19 vaccine eligibility opens to anyone 16 and up

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The supply of COVID-19 vaccines has increased across the U.S., allowing multiple states to expand vaccine eligibility.

Today, Tennessee is opening up vaccinations to anyone 16 and older.

All Mid-South states (Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas) are now offering vaccines to anyone 16 and up.

Mississippi was the first to expand eligibility.

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The Pfizer vaccine will be the only one available, as both the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines enrolled minors in their vaccine trials.

A little over a month ago, President Joe Biden directed all states to open up vaccines to all residents by May 1.

In Shelby County, vaccines have been available to anyone 16 and up for about a week and a half.

The county opened up its availability last month.

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The Pipkin building will be a mass vaccination site, where up to 21,000 people will get vaccines every week.

The site will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Call 901-222-SHOT to make an appointment.