NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Mayor John Cooper and four television stations partnered to host a town hall to answer your questions about vaccine safety, side effects and how to talk to family and friends about the COVID-19.

The town hall – Controlling COVID – Ask the Experts – was held Wednesday, Sept. 1 at 4 p.m.

COVID cases are climbing back up and the Delta variant is sending hundreds to the hospital, including children.

Doctors said the best way to spread – and save lives – is to get vaccinated. But that’s not happening. Just 40% of Tennesseans are fully vaccinated.

“It's true that people who are fully vaccinated. Some people have what we call breakthrough cases okay but let me put it in perspective for you here in Nashville 360,000 People have been fully vaccinated, so over 52% of our population 360,000 We now have slightly less than 3400, who have a breakthrough case so less than 1%. And of those people who have have breakthrough cases, a high 99.8% do really well. They may have some head pool, they may have some just some symptoms, but they don't die, they don't get hospitalized. And so I think people who say Oh look, the vaccine doesn't work because literally less than 1% of people got a breakthrough case from what is now a super super easily transmissible disease is wrong, I like to kind of put,” Dr. Alex Jahangir told the panel. 

With so much misinformation out there, it’s hard to know what’s true and what’s not. Now there is a chance to ask the experts.

“We’ve got to stop fighting each other and start fighting the virus. That’s what we need to do,” Dr. James Hildreth of Meharry Medical College said. 

 

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