Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 2021-06-22 23:57:08 –
Nashville, Tennessee (WTVF) — Tennessee is one of the countries with the lowest vaccination coverage, and according to Vanderbilt University, vaccine doses are returned to the CDC before it expires. ..
Once there was a long line of COVID-19 vaccines, infectious disease experts are now asking Tennessees to step up and get vaccinated.
Only 36% of Tennessees receive both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. This is well below the national average of 45%.
First Lady Jill Biden was in Tennessee to encourage people to vaccinate. Virus uptake is slow in many southern states.
Dr. William Schaffner, one of the country’s leading infectious disease experts, said it was time for volunteers to get the vaccine.
“These vaccines are very safe and very effective,” says Schaffner. “People are coming to the hospital. We are accepting patients here. Over 90 percent of them are either unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated.”
Hospitals need to return the vaccine to the CDC before it expires, Schaffner said. But he did not know what would happen with those doses when they arrived.
“There was a heterogeneous response across our country. I wanted to see everyone in favor of vaccination. It helped a lot,” he said.
Schaffner also believes that state leaders can play a greater role in encouraging the public to get vaccinated.
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