LEE COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) - Lee County is one of the largest counties in Mississippi, but less than 20% of people are fully vaccinated. People in Lee County have a variety of opinions on why that is.
"Most of my family has been vaccinated and I'm thinking about it since I work at a medical center, I'm strongly thinking about it," said Lee County resident Cynthia Thompson.
Thompson is part of the 83% of people in Lee County who have not taken the coronavirus vaccine.
The Mississippi State Department of Health said only 17% of people in the county are fully vaccinated.
Thompson said although she’s still considering getting the vaccine, that statistic surprised her.
Lee County resident Charles Benson shared why he thinks the vaccination rate is low.
“One is access, we're a rural state. North Mississippi is still pretty much a predominantly rural area so transportation can be an issue," said Benson.
Benson said another reason could be hesitancy.
Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton recently took to social media to voice his concerns about the vaccination rate.
“I don't really know why our numbers are not higher, but I know that they need to be higher if we're going to get past COVID here in Tupelo, Lee county, Mississippi, even globally," said Shelton.
According to the MSDH, 500,000 people in Mississippi are fully vaccinated. Over 800,000 people have at least taken their first dose.