According to an internal report, the Department of Health of the Tennessee «will stop all vaccination campaigns for teenagers» – not just for the coronavirus, but for all diseases – under pressure from Republican state lawmakers. If the health department needs to provide information on vaccines, staff are tasked with removing the agency’s logo from documents. The health department will also stop all vaccine-related events Covid-19 in schools. The decisions to end the spread of vaccines and school events come «directly from the health commissioner, Dr. Lisa Piercey», we read in the internal report.
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Additionally, the health department will take steps to ensure that postcards or other notices are no longer sent reminding teens to receive their second dose of coronavirus vaccines. Postcards will still be sent to adults, but teens will be excluded from the mailing list so postcards are not «potentially interpreted as solicitation of minors», writes the report again. Recent investigations in the United States – where the Covid-19 vaccination is widespread – have highlighted the possibility of an increase in cases of myocarditis and pericarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle and the lining of the heart) after vaccination. This observation particularly applies to male adolescents and young adults over 16 who have received the mRNA vaccine.
🚨#Tennessee Dept of Health halts all #vaccine outreach to kids—not just for #COVID19 but ALL diseases—amid pressure from @GOP. Staff ordered to remove the agency logo from documents providing vaccine info to the public.
PEOPLE WILL DIE FROM THIS LUNACY🤬https://t.co/tGn9x9Smoa
— Dena Grayson, MD, PhD (@DrDenaGrayson) July 13, 2021
These changes to Tennessee’s vaccination strategy, detailed in a Covid-19 report distributed Friday to health department staff, and then reiterated in a mass email on Monday, illustrate how the state government continues to reduce efforts to vaccinate minors. . This state’s approach to vaccinations will not only reduce efforts to inoculate young people against the coronavirus, but may also hinder the ability to vaccinate adults and protect children from other infectious diseases.
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And these changes will take effect just as the pandemic coronavirus shows new signs of spreading in Tennessee. After months of declining infections, the average number of new cases per day has more than doubled in the past two weeks, from 177 to 418. The average positive rate on the test went from 2.2% to 5.4% in the same time period.
This is so disturbing. Public health officials in Tennessee should be encouraging teenagers to get vaccinated, not capitulating to anti-vaxxers. Teens who don’t get vaccinated against #covid19 are at greater risk of hospitalization, death, long-haul covid. https://t.co/UxT3O99ogt
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) July 9, 2021
The state is also detecting an increasing number of infections from the Delta variant, a more transmissible form of outbreaks among unvaccinated populations in Arkansas and Missouri. THEDoctor Tim Jones wrote ahospital staff asking not to do any «preliminary planning» for school flu vaccine events. Any information released on back-to-school vaccinations should come from the Tennessee Department of Education, «not from the Tennessee Department of Health»Jones wrote. «Any type of information sheet or other material that we make available for dissemination should have the TDH logo removed»Jones wrote.
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Chelsea Clinton, a global health advocate and daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, tweeted: the agency’s actions «they are disturbing».
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