Why have so few black Tennesseans been immunized against COVID-19?

Jan 19, 2021

Credit cdc.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  -- The state’s effort to get Tennesseans vaccinated against COVID-19 has a diversity problem.

Official health data shows that nearly 331,000 state residents have been immunized to date.

To date, about six percent of those vaccinated who report their race are black. However, African Americans make up roughly 17 percent of Tennessee’s total population.

In a Twitter post Monday, Meharry Medical College President James Hildreth blamed the disparity in part on the lack of a national pandemic strategy.

Dr. Hildreth concludes,“this segment of [the] population is most at risk and we have to accelerate efforts to get them vaccinated.”

You can find the latest statistics on Tennessee’s COVID-19 immunization effort here.”