Covid vaccinations jumping in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey says Tennessee has seen a 90% increase in people receiving the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination over the past two weeks.

Piercey on Friday praised the bump in vaccinations while warning that the virus continues to surge throughout the state.

She says pediatric cases are also “quickly on the rise.” About 39.4% of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated, among the lowest in the country.

Meanwhile, Shelby County’s health department issued an order Friday saying masks will be required in any indoor area of a K-12 grade school, pre-K school or day care facility starting Monday, when public school classes are scheduled to begin.

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