The Tennessean reports:
The Tennessee state government on Monday fired its top vaccination official, becoming the latest of about two dozen states to lose years of institutional knowledge about vaccines in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Dr. Michelle Fiscus, the medical director for vaccine-preventable diseases and immunization programs at the Tennessee Department of Health, said she was fired on Monday afternoon and provided a copy of her termination letter. It provides no explanation for her termination.
Fiscus said she was a scapegoat who was terminated to appease state lawmakers angry about the department’s efforts to vaccinate teenagers against coronavirus. The agency has been dialing back efforts to vaccinate teenagers since June.
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BREAKING: The Tennessee state government just fired its head vaccine official. She says she was scapegoated to appease Republican lawmakers who were angry about routine efforts to vaccinate minors. Scoop from me. https://t.co/zJvkfHHk6s
— Brett Kelman (@BrettKelman) July 12, 2021