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The Dickson County Health Department is one of many coronavirus testing sites in the county.

Dickson County’s coronavirus vaccination rate trailed the state and national rates after the first two weeks of vaccination availability for all Tennesseans ages 16 and older.

Through April 20, according to the Tennessee Department of Health, 27.8 percent of Dickson County residents had either begun or completed the vaccination process.

By comparison, also through April 20, that figure for all Tennesseans was 33.1 percent, according to the state health department. For all Americans it was 40.1 percent, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

All Tennesseans ages 16 and older became eligible for vaccination on April 5.

To be fully vaccinated requires two of the Moderna shots, or two of the Pfizer jabs, or one injection of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen formula.

Through April 20, the state health department said, 18.6 percent of Dickson County residents were fully vaccinated, while 27.8 percent had at least one shot of the three types.

Statewide through April 20, those figures were 21.9 percent and 33.1 percent, respectively, the Tennessee health department said.

Those numbers for all Americans were 26.0 percent and 40.1 percent, the CDC said.

Senior citizens were being vaccinated at much higher rates than others. In Tennessee, among those who were at least partially vaccinated through April 20, 44.6 percent were 61 or older, according to the state health department.

Across the United States through April 20, about 80 percent of people 65 or older had either begun or completed the vaccination process, the CDC said.

Political leanings correlate with vaccination rates across the nation, according to the nonpartisan Pew Research Center, which takes no policy positions.

In a survey conducted by the center in February, Democrats were 27 percentage points more likely than Republicans to say they intended to be vaccinated or already were vaccinated.

The figures were 83 percent of Democrats compared to 56 percent of Republicans.

Race and religion were among other factors regarding the likelihood someone would get vaccinated, according to the survey.