COVID-19 Update from County Executive Ron Woody: When Will the Vaccination Be Available for Me?

Hello, this is Ron Woody, Roane County Executive, with a December 30, 2020 COVID update of the current Vaccination Plan.

The State released today the updated plan dated December 30, 2020. This plan is located on the Roane County website at

This is a fluid plan subject to change. Currently there are six (6) Phases with simultaneous age-based criteria. They are not numbered 1-6 but as follows:


The Vaccination Plan is risk based:
 Risk to our healthcare infrastructure- frontline workers
 Risk to individual health outcomes- most vulnerable

So protect the health system then protect the most vulnerable.
Most vulnerable deals with age as over 52% of all hospitalizations are 65 and older and make up 80% of all deaths.

First Phase 1a1
 Health Care Workers
 LTCF Staff and Residents
 First Responders
Second Phase 1a2
 All other Health Care Workers
 Funeral/Mortuary
 Ages 75+

Roane County is in Phase 1a1, 1a2, and 75 years and older.

In the next several days the State will be launching an online eligibility tool, which will assist Tennesseans in determining their appropriate vaccination phase, as well as a sign up for a notification when it’s your turn to be vaccinated.

Phase 1a1, 1a2, and 75 years and older will be the month of January. Hopefully Phase 1b will start in February/March which includes:
 School and Children Staff
 First Responders Administration
 65 years and Older

Please review the estimated timeline and Phase Graph located on page 13 of the Covid-19 Vaccination Plan Dated 12-30-2020 Version 3.0.

If you think you may be in a phase that is being vaccine, please call the Roane County Health Department at 865-354-1220.

Please understand the plan is fluid, specifically with the timeline. If you look at the estimated population served, it totals a little less than 2 million. The State population is about 6.9 million.

Be patient. Be diligent. It may take us the better part of the year to have enough vaccinations for all who desire to be vaccinated, but we will get there as new vaccines come available.

We will continue to provide updates as we learn more about the vaccination plans and data become available.

As of 12-29-2020, 1.09% of 53,400 individuals in Roane County have been vaccinated which is 582.

We have a ways to go.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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