Knox County Health Department will begin Phase 2 vaccinations, at age 55 and

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Phase 2 includes people in critical infrastructure including public transit employees, telecommunication staff, and utility workers among others. The full breakdown of Phase 2 can be found within the statewide plan.   “We understand that our surrounding counties will move forward with these expanded eligibility groups in the near future,” Senior Director and Public Health Officer Dr. Martha Buchanan said. “To reduce confusion between county lines and increase access, we will be opening it up to these groups as well.

The choice coincides with a report saying the full state will announce the move today. There are approximately 134,600 individuals who are 55 years and older in Knox County. More than 75,000 of those individuals are 65 and older and are already eligible. Those 55 years and older or in Phase 2 will be able to sign up on KCHD’s waitlist by 8:30 a.m. Monday morning.

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“We are excited that more people will be eligible to receive the vaccine and we look forward to giving more members of our community this much-desired protection.” More than 151,000 vaccinations have been administered in Knox County. According to the Health Department, Knox County leads the big four metro counties in percent of population who are fully vaccinated.  

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