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TN DEPT OF HEALTH STATEMENT ON NEW COVID-19 VARIANT, OMICRON

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TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PRESS RELEASE:

OMICRON VARIANT

We are monitoring the situation closely. Dr. Piercey has been briefed by both the CDC and White House within the last 48 hours. There are no confirmed cases of the omicron variant in Tennessee. There is routine variant surveillance via sample sequencing of COVID-positive tests but it is worth noting not all COVID-positive tests are sequenced.

As always, the most effective tool against any variant, including the Omicron variant, is the vaccine. There is no indication at this time that this variant has any more virulence or vaccine resistance than the Delta variant. Tennesseans can find more information on getting their first dose or their booster by visiting www.covid19.tn.gov. The CDC recently revised guidance on booster doses. Everyone ages 18 and older should get a booster shot either when they are 6 months after their initial Pfizer or Moderna series or 2 months after their initial J&J vaccine.

Tennessee Department of Health