Medicine and Health

(Sarah Oppmann)  --  Vanderbilt Medical Center is focusing new attention on the long-term side effects that many adults are experiencing after they recover from COVID-19. The Adult Post-Acute COVID Clinic was opened last month to provide resources for patients suffering from lingering symptoms. 

Associate professor of Medicine and vice chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Medicine, Cecelia Theobald, explains that this clinic serves as a “place to hear these patients and validate their experiences as we learn more about this new syndrome.”

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Beginning Monday Nashville residents can get a COVID-19 vaccination without an appointment at Music City Center.

City health officials announced the change last week. Up to 500 doses a day will be administered without appointment.

As of Monday morning, 37 percent of Metro residents have had at least one dose of vaccine. More than 22 percent are now fully immunized.

Mayor John Cooper has set a goal of 50 percent vaccinated by the first of May.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne) — If you currently have COVID-19 you might consider signing up for a new Vanderbilt Medical Center research study.

The Activ-2 study is a nationwide effort to find medications that can help patients recover from the virus faster, or prevent serious illness that requires a hospital stay.

Adults 18 years and older who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past seven days, are not in the hospital, and are symptomatic are encouraged to register.

SAVANNAH, Georgia (AP) — A look at which U.S. states are leading at vaccinating against the coronavirus and which states are struggling is beginning to resemble America's electoral map.

Vaccination numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show states that tend to vote Democratic at the top in terms of the percentage of their adult population that have received at least one shot.

At the bottom are five Republican-leaning states, including Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s Department of Health has announced that it will “pause” distributing the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine following new guidance from the federal government.

On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said they were investigating unusual and severe blood clots that occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination.

The FDA commissioner said she expected the pause to last a matter of days.