SEVIERVILLE — Sevier County residents who are 65 and older can now get the COVID-19 vaccine.

The state announced last week that residents in that age group would be eligible for the vaccine starting Monday. Staff at K-12 schools and child care facilities are also now eligible to be vaccinated.

Residents can now sign up for vaccinations with the Sevier County Health Department using the state’s website at covid19.tn.gov. They can schedule vaccinations at local pharmacies by contacting the pharmacies directly.

The county has made progress in catching up to the state average for vaccinations. As of Sunday, 9.23% of Sevier County residents have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine. The statewide figure was 10.56%.

Sevier County’s total number of active cases of COVID-19 continued to fall over the weekend, dropping from 294 Friday to 264 Monday.

The Tennessee Department of Health reported one new death over the weekend, and one new hospitalization.

There were 47 new positive tests reported over the weekend out of a total of 416, for a positivity rate of 11.3%.

Sevier County schools reported 14 positive cases among students and nine among staff this week. There were 133 students quarantined due to possible contact with the virus, along with 13 staff.

Contact Jeff at jfarrell@themountainpress.com or Twitter at @jeffmtnpress

Contact Jeff at jfarrell@themountainpress.com or Twitter at @jeffmtnpress