Quite a few Tennessee counties are still reporting almost no children under 12 taking the newest COVID vaccine. Through Tuesday evening, 18 counties had yet to report giving a single dose.
In Middle Tennessee, Cannon, Clay, Fentress, Grundy, Houston, Macon, Moore, Lewis, Perry, Pickett, Stewart, Trousdale and Van Buren counties have reported no kid vaccinations. Officials with the Tennessee Department of Health say counties don’t start publishing the data until they hit 10 doses, so some could just be in single digits. The does have been available since last week.
Dr. Jessica Miller is a pediatrician in Lafayette, the county seat of Macon County. She says she’s bringing up COVID shots with every family that comes in.
She sees value in combatting any hesitancy one-on-one, but she’d also like to see more public promotion. And there’s virtually none right now. Even Macon County’s COVID-19 page makes no mention of vaccines.