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Tennessee Health Departments Administering Childhood Vaccines

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The Tennessee Department of Health assures families across Tennessee access to routine childhood vaccinations through state health departments continues amidst circulated misinformation regarding the status of vaccinations for children. Parents who need information regarding routine childhood immunizations can find resources at https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/immunization-program/ip/vfc/.

“There has been no disruption to the childhood immunization program or access to the COVID-19 vaccine while the department has evaluated annual marketing efforts intended for parents,” said Tennessee Department of Health commissioner Lisa Piercey, MD, MBA, FAAP. “The Tennessee Department of Health not only supports immunizations but continues to provide valuable information and access to parents who are seeking vaccinations for their children. We are proud of the efforts of our staff across the state and will continue to promote vaccination and the vaccination work of our partners.”

While health departments administer routine childhood vaccinations, they continue to give COVID-19 vaccines. As of July 18, 2,625,316, or 38.4%, Tennesseans are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 42.9% of Tennesseans have received at least one dose.

Of the fully vaccinated Tennesseans, 2.2% are 12-15, 4.5% are 16-20, 11.1% are 21-30, 12.7% are 31-40, 13.9% are 41-50, 17.2% are 51-60, 19.1% are 61-70, 13.5% are 71-80 and 5.8% are 81 or older.

A June 11 article from the American Medical Association reported over 96% of practicing physicians in America are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Of the remaining physicians, 45% plan to get vaccinated.

In the week of July 10 through July 16, the Tennessee Department of Health reported an average of 2.14 positive COVID-19 cases per day in Carroll County, an increase from last week’s 1.1 positive cases per day. The county averaged 13.9 tests per day.

As the highly-contagious Delta variant continues to spread across America, physicians urge Americans to get vaccinated.

To find clinics, pharmacies, and other locations across Tennessee offering COVID-19 vaccines, visit vaccinefinder.org.

The CDC encourages persons unable to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to wear a mask when around others, wash their hands, avoid being around other sick persons, avoid crowds, avoid poorly-ventilated spaces and continue social distancing.

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