Older man receives COVID-19 shot

Tennessee seniors who have difficulty accessing flu and COVID-19 shots will be able to get free vaccinations in their homes, thanks to a new effort by the Tennessee Association for Home Care .

Tennesseans who can’t travel to get vaccinated due to age, health, income or disability can contact their county’s provider and request an appointment. Once the appointment is confirmed, a nurse will travel to the patient’s home. The program will begin this fall when the flu vaccine becomes available, allowing patients to receive both shots if they request them.

The number of reported COVID-19 cases in both Tennessee and the United States has been trending up in recent days, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About half of Tennesseans are fully vaccinated, while less than a quarter have received at least one booster, according to the Tennessee Department of Health.

Last week, the Biden administration advised Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or get additional boosters as two new highly contagious variants are rapidly spreading across the country. The BA.4 and BA.5 variants of the omicron strain are now responsible for nearly all of the virus spread in the U.S. and are more contagious than their predecessors.