Federal official: Halt of Tennessee vaccination promotions 'incredibly disturbing'
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne ) -- The Director of the federal Centers for Disease Control weighed in Thursday on the growing controversy surrounding the firing of Tennessee’s top vaccination official by Gov. Bill Lee’s Administration.
Dr. Michelle Fiscus was terminated Monday by the State Department of Health. Her story went viral after Dr. Fiscus claimed she was fired because conservative Republican state lawmakers objected to her efforts to get Tennessee teens vaccinated against COVID-19.
However, media outlets report a letter in her personnel file says Dr. Fiscus was fired because of her combative leadership style and the way she handled politically sensitive policy statements.
In the wake of Dr. Fiscus’ termination it’s been learned that health officers statewide have been ordered to halt vaccintion promotions. The ban reportedly includes all immunization promotions, not just those for coronavirus vaccinations.
CNBC quotes CDC Director Rochelle Welensky saying Thursday that it’s “incredibly disturbing” that Tennessee has opted to halt vaccine outreach to teenagers.