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COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

Updated (3.26.21)

The City of Memphis has announced that people 16+ years or older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine beginning March 26, 2021. The state of TN has released new information that individuals living in Tennessee ages 16+ will be eligible for the vaccination beginning on April 5.

To learn more about what we’re doing to combat COVID-19, check out our blog post regarding COVID-19 safety.


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How to Find Vaccines

At this time, there are various facilities administering the COVID-19 vaccine.  Unfortunately, doses are in high demand but limited supply.  We’re beginning to see a rapid shift in the number of doses available, but some sites may not have doses in stock.  To receive a vaccine, make an appointment with one of the various companies or locations administering them.

The Shelby County Health Department is your local definitive source for COVID-19 vaccine information as well as phases.  Their site provides the information listed below, as well as additional information on the vaccine, when and how to sign up, as well as our progress as a community.

Currently, vaccination sign-up links will become available on Fridays at 12 PM Noon for appointments the following week.

Shelby County Health Department: COVID-19 Vaccines & Information

In addition to the Shelby County Health Department, several businesses like Walmart, Walgreens, Kroger, and other local facilities are now providing COVID-19 vaccines.

Note: Raleigh Group is not currently offering the COVID-19 Vaccine.


The various COVID-19 vaccines are being distributed via a phasing system.  That means that only certain groups of people are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine based on what category/phase they meet the requirements of.  Currently, there are age-based and risk-based phases working concurrently.  The phases listed in this section are currently active.


Individuals aged 16 years or older are currently eligible to receive the vaccine.


The following phases apply to individuals in various risk-based categories who are currently eligible to receive the vaccine, beginning with the most recent phase.

Phase 3

  • 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)

Phase 2b

  • 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 2a

  • 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 1c (16 Years or Older)

  • 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 1b

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

Phase 1a2

  • 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 1a1

  • 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, firefighters, 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

More Information

The above phasing information comes from the City of Memphis.  For more information and resources, please visit your local county, city, or state site.  Phases vary based on a variety of factors including population, availability, and more.  As new information becomes available, Raleigh Group will update this page accordingly.