Not swayed by experts — or Dolly: Tennessee vaccination rates stall as delta spreads

NBC News

By Ben Kesslen
Rachel Nelson, 18, left, and Emma Short, 18, best friends who are incoming freshmen at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, on a visit to Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Jessica Tezak / for NBC News

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. — Best friends Emma Short and Rachel Nelson, both 18, disagree about the Covid vaccines.

"I'm vaccinated. She's not," Short said, standing next to Nelson as they enjoyed a day at the Dollywood theme park.

Both women, who are recent high school graduates, are heading to college in their hometown at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville this fall, where students won't be required to get vaccinated.

"I like to lightly suggest, as her best friend, that I think it would be good to get it," said Short, who researched the vaccines before deciding they were safe. "But it's not like I'm going to end the friendship."

Publish : 2021-07-25 14:16:00

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