Tennessee fired medical director and halts vaccination messaging
Dismissed Medical Director of the Vaccine-Preventable Diseases Immunizations program Dr. Michelle Fiscus warns the state will face an increase in deaths from the Delta variant as vaccine advocacy is phased out.
Fiscus was fired precisely for informing about the need to vaccinate minors, as well as against the background of the increased incidence of Covid and mass hospitalization. After the dismissal, Fiscus began to actively criticize the former employer.
“People are going to die of a vaccine-preventable disease,” Fiscus said. “There is no reason anyone in this state should die from COVID-19.”
Governor Bill Lee was not prepared for criticism from medical experts and therefore simply refused to comment on the words of the former subordinate.
“I’m not commenting on an individual employee that doesn’t work for my office,” Lee said after being asked why Dr. Fiscus was fired.
According to Democratic lawmakers, Fiscus was the scapegoat on the Republicans' “anti-science, anti-vaccine, anti-masking” agenda.
“A few Republican legislators wanted a scapegoat for their anti-science, anti-vaccine, anti-masking ridiculousness,” Representative Gloria Johnson (D-Knoxville) said.
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