State lawmakers plan to tackle vaccine and mask mandates from both local and federal officials when they come back next week for a special session on COVID-19.
Associates of former President Trump, including his son Eric and his aide Roger Stone, and an Ohio doctor who went viral for spreading the falsehood that COVID vaccines magnetize people are among those who will appear.
A month ago, Joe Gammon was on life support at Saint Thomas West. And his odds of recovering from COVID — even at age 44 — were not good. But he turned a corner. And then he was discharged to a round of applause. He rang a ceremonial bell to mark his departure.
COVID vaccination sites in Tennessee have been busier since booster shots were approved late last month. But first doses continue to slow. And having residents take their first jab is still the top priority for state health officials.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s deadline for complying with a vaccine mandate passed Thursday, following a surge of COVID shots being given to hundreds of employees in order to keep their jobs.
COVID booster shots are starting to be offered more widely in Tennessee. Vaccinations are limited, but not because there aren’t enough to go around. Local health departments are trying to follow federal guidance.
Community organizers in Middle Tennessee who normally focus on preventing violence are shifting their attention, at least partially, to promoting vaccines. Uptake on COVID shots still lags among many groups who’ve historically been underserved by the health care system.
Tennessee hospitals are setting new records each day, caring for more COVID patients than ever. And the most critical are almost all unvaccinated, meaning ICUs are filled with regretful patients hoping for a second chance.
Hospital CEOs around Tennessee have been writing increasingly desperate pleas for people to get vaccinated and mask up to slow a wave of infectious that may be the state’s biggest yet.
Hospitalizations just keep climbing in Tennessee. And administrators know the worst is likely yet to come with new infections still surging and more than 5,000 new cases confirmed on Wednesday alone.