As of April 18, more than 155,000 doses have been administered. Just over 41% of residents have received at least one dose, and 25.5% have received two doses of the Pfizer of Moderna vaccine, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Statewide, more than 3.5 million doses have been reported, according to the TDH. About 32% of residents have received at least one dose, while 21.2% are fully vaccinated.
To help reach portions of the population who have not yet received the vaccine, the TDH is working on study to determine how best to overcome hurdles and misinformation in the community.
The TDH released results from a market survey April 14 in which 96 respondents who were unwilling or hesitant to get the vaccine discussed why they have not yet attempted to get a dose.
According to the study, the top reason respondents gave was trust and safety issues concerning the vaccine. Of the respondents, 59% were more concerned over death due to the vaccine versus 41% concerned about death due to the coronavirus.
However, the study also showed that personal doctors and other medical staff were ranked as a top sources of information for most, versus other sources such as news or information from friends.
The TDH plans to use these results to provide more education about the efficacy and safety of the vaccine.
“The results are consistent with national trends and show that Tennesseans want more information from trusted sources as they make their decision,” TDH Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey said in a release. “This market survey was an important step in identifying where we can be helpful in providing information about safety and effectiveness.”
Residents can find a vaccine provider near them at www.vaccinefinder.org.