NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) – Nashville Mayor John Cooper announced that Metro will move to the next phase of its COVID-19 vaccines next week.
Cooper said Thursday during Metro’s weekly COVID briefing that beginning Monday, Davidson County will move to Phase 1c for vaccines. This includes people over the age of 16 who are considered high risk in terms of health complications from the virus.
Some of those risk factors include: people with asthma, hypertension, diabetes, people undergoing cancer treatment, organ transplant recipients, and other conditions listed online here.
Phase 1c also includes household contacts of high-risk children under 16 years of age, pregnant women, and household contacts of pregnant women.
This new phase covers 300,000 people. Metro began vaccinating residents 65 and older last week. Click here to make an appointment.
Cooper said the recent FDA approval of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine means Metro can expect to get an even larger weekly supply of vaccines as production and distribution increases. Metro will receive 13,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine next week, in addition to 11,500 doses from Pfizer and Moderna.
“This increase and the ability of public health to be shot in the arms quickly and efficiently makes it possible to move to 1c,” said Mayor Cooper.
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What is COVID-19 (also known as the new coronavirus?)
According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses (CoVs) are a large family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more serious illnesses. Examples include Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS-CoV) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. COVID-19 stands for “Coronavirus Disease 2019,” which is when this strain of the coronavirus was discovered.
What are the symptoms?
The CDC says that patients confirmed to have 2019-nCoV allegedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with:
- Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
Or at least two of the following symptoms:
- Shaking chills
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Throat pain
- New loss of taste or smell
At this time, the CDC believes that symptoms could appear as soon as two days after exposure, or as long as 14 days.
The CDC recommends “common sense” measures such as:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when you are around other people.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it away.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.