The Tennessean reports:
More than half of the state’s Senate Republican Caucus signed a letter Tuesday urging Tennesseans to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, a sudden acceleration of pro-vaccine rhetoric from leading conservatives as hospitalizations from the virus have begun to rapidly increase. While statewide vaccination rates have stalled, the delta variant of the virus is causing coronavirus cases to surge in Tennessee.
“The vaccines have been found to be safe and effective against COVID-19,” wrote 16 of the 27 Republican state senators. “If they had been available from the start and widely used, over 600,000 American families that are mourning the loss of a loved one, along with tens of thousands of people who are awaiting lung transplants, or trying to learn to walk again, would have avoided that heartache.”
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Photo: Speaker pro tem Sen. Ferrell Haile.
Sixteen of Tennessee’s 27 Republican state senators signed a letter urging the public to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Or, as I see it, 11 didn’t sign. https://t.co/KwaAysNXvg
— Brett Kelman (@BrettKelman) July 27, 2021