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Under GOP pressure, Tennessee health department ends all vaccine outreach to kids -- and not just for COVID – HotAir

Under GOP pressure, Tennessee health department ends all vaccine outreach to kids -- and not just for COVID – HotAir

” Republican lawmakers in Tennessee were so incensed at the news that the state department of health was pitching COVID vaccination directly to kids that at least one said they might consider dismantling the department because of it.”… Since [a] June hearing, the health department has steadily backed down from its efforts to vaccinate minors.She claims the health department’s lawyer told her the language in the letter was approved by the office of the governor.Rather than amend the Mature Minor Doctrine by statute, the legislature seemingly would rather vice-signal to the anti-vax part of its base by strong-arming the health department with threats of dissolution or defunding to get them to back off trying to vaccinate teenagers.

The Tennessean is out with a new story this afternoon, though, that claims the anti-anti-anti vax influence of GOP lawmakers has now led the health department to give up on all vaccination outreach to adolescents.The Tennessee Department of Health will halt all adolescent vaccine outreach – not just for coronavirus, but all diseases – amid pressure from Republican state lawmakers, according to an internal report and agency emails obtained by the Tennessean.

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