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10Investigates: Less than half of Tennessee nursing home workers chose to get vaccinated [Video]

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According to data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, uptake among healthcare workers in TN nursing homes varies from 9 to 100 percent.

As cases of COVID-19 continue to climb, the Tennessee Department of Health said vaccinations are the best tool we have to fight it.

It's a tool Donna Bowlin and Brendan Swanson wish they had last October when their mother, Mildred Bowlin, died from the virus.

"It was so hard to see the life leave her body," Donna Bowlin said. "She just wasted away. She laid in bed and she developed the lung and heart problems which she did not have before."

Mildred Bowlin is one of nearly 2,700 long-term care facility residents who died after contracting COVID-19. It's a group of people that the state is watching closely as the Delta variant spreads more widely.

"There really is no more vulnerable population than those frail, …