Tennessee Medical Association issues statement encouraging COVID-19 vaccinations


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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Tennessee Medical Association (TMA) issued a statement encouraging all Tennesseans to get vaccinated.

According to a release from TMA, officials with the organization fully support the vaccination of Tennesseans against the COVID-19 virus.

They say these vaccines are meant to protect citizens and greatly enhance one’s ability to fend off potentially deadly health implications from the delta variant.

The statement said in part:

We implore those Tennesseans who have not received a COVID vaccination to do so immediately. This
simple task may be the difference between a few days of fever and fatigue versus a few weeks in the
hospital, permanent disability, or even death. And to those responsible for taking care of patients, it is
your duty to protect yourself as well as your patients.

Tennessee Medical Association

The release states that only about 39.1% of Tennesseans are fully vaccinated. The most recent data released states that 96% of all new cases in Tennessee are among unvaccinated people.

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