Tennessee now will not acknowledge National Immunization Awareness Month
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WDEF) – Reports out of Nashville on Tuesday are showing just how far the Tennessee Department of Health is going to avoid immunization controversy now after criticism from lawmakers.
NewsChannel 5 Investigates has obtained documentation that the Health Commissioner has instructed their employees not to mention that August is National Immunization Awareness Month.
This follows a legislative hearing in which lawmakers took the Department to task for promoting Covid-19 vaccines to teens who may not have permission from their parents to get the shots.
Here is the fallout so far:
— Commissioner Piercey has stopped any immunization events on school property.
— Also no vaccine events with organizations who work primarily with children and adolescents
— No proclamations or releases on the upcoming immunization month leading up to the school year.
— A freeze on all communications about immunizations, whether Covid or not.
— The department has fired their immunization plan leader, Dr. Michelle Fiscus, without explanation. She says she is being made a scapegoat for the benefit of lawmakers.
Some of those lawmakers have threatened to dissolve the Department of Health over how old a teenager must be to get a vaccine on their own.
The issue started over the Department sending out reminder notices to teens to get their second vaccines this summer.