Guest Contributor

The federal government is helping increase Tennessee’s COVID-19 vaccine supply. In addition, our state Department of Health, working with the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability, AARP-TN, and other community-based organizations, continues to improve vaccine access, distribution, and online appointment scheduling.

While many older Tennesseans have received COVID-19 vaccinations, there may be barriers for others. Limited internet access, lack of technology knowledge, and lack of transportation are a few of the hurdles facing older adults.

However, there are several resources that may help. Share this information with your congregations and encourage younger members to help their older friends register for vaccinations and, if possible, drive them to a vaccination site.

Register for an Appointment
The Tennessee Commission on Aging & Disability provides information for older adults about COVID-19 vaccinations at www.tn.gov/aging/vaccines.html. To see for AARP’s guide for getting COVID-19 vaccinations click here.

Transportation
Older Tennesseans who need transportation assistance to receive a COVID-19 vaccination may learn about services offered by the Tennessee Association of Human Resource Agencies. Click here for more information.

Vaccination Plan
Click here to see Tennessee’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan.

FAQ
Find answers to frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccination at https://covid19.tn.gov/data/faqs/.

NPT Reports: Aging Matters
Additional information about the vaccine and how to get it is available via NPT’s most recent Aging Matters segment. Click here to watch.

Source: AgeWell Middle Tennessee. For more information, call AgeWell Middle Tennessee (formerly Council on Aging) at 615-353-4235 or visit https://covid19.tn.gov/stay-informed/blogs/how-you-can-save-lives-protect-older-adults/.