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Why is Nashville lagging behind on COVID-19 vaccinations?

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne) — Metro Davidson County continues to lag behind most mid-state counties in getting initial priority groups vaccinated against COVID-19.

 

Most counties have begun immunizing teachers and seniors 70 years of age and above. However, Mayor John Cooper said this week that Metro isn’t yet ready to do the same.

 

By way of explanation, Cooper noted Thursday that Nashville has the state’s largest number of health care workers and seniors. He also said that vaccine federal vaccine allocations are growing, but still remain relatively small.

 

The mayor reported that nearly 105,000 Nashvillians, or roughly one county resident in seven, has now received at least the first dose of vaccine. Two doses of currently available vaccines are required for best protection.

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