Lee (quietly) gets COVID-19 vaccine

Gov. Bill Lee speaks in the Old Supreme Court Chamber of the state Capitol in Nashville on March 22, 2021. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Gov. Bill Lee received his first dose of COVID-19 vaccine over the weekend. But he didn’t let on about getting the Pfizer shot until pressed by Tennessean reporter Natalie Allison following an event at the state Capitol on Monday.

Unlike when the governor received a flu shot last fall, Lee did not publicize getting his first of two Pfizer vaccines at the Williamson County Agricultural Center on Saturday.

“We believe that it’s important that Tennesseans get a vaccine if they feel so inclined, but we’re encouraging them to do so because that’s how we’ll get most quickly to herd immunity,” the governor said.

32 Responses to Lee (quietly) gets COVID-19 vaccine

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    Cryan says:

    Jesus, what’s he worried about? That Andy Ogles or the Sheriff of Knoxville is going to use it against him in a primary challenge?

    “If they feel so inclined” is so feckless. These are your Republican leaders in 2021. They need the crazy anti-vaxx vote, but they are damn sure getting their vaccines and hoping you don’t notice.

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    Not that Stuart guy says:

    Another of many examples of a lack of leadership on the Governor’s part. In isolation, this is no big deal, but as a body of work, Lee’s messaging on the pandemic has not been consistent and has not been effective. We’re near the very bottom of percentage of people with at least one shot in an arm, and stuff like this is part of the reason why.
    I strongly urge everyone to get their shot and then shout it from the rooftops. Peer pressure is one way to push the anti-vaxxer crowd in the proper direction.

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    Eddie White says:

    I think Cryan is right on this. The governor could have been a role model on this issue and instead sort of ducked it. Most conservatives support getting vaccinated and so it would not hurt him politically. I also don’t know why as the governor of the state, he has waited this late to get vaccinated.

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    steve cates says:

    He is the weakest of the weak!!

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    Karen Bracken says:

    Good for him. He can have mine too. I refuse to be a lab rat for big pharma. If people would do some research instead of being a bunch of obedient sheeple they would see there never was a need for a vaccine for a flu that has a 99.7% survivability rate. The deaths FROM COVID have not been any higher than than the yearly flu but they had to politicize this to drive a very dangerous agenda. The WHO has come out and said the tests were faulty and the positive results were all inaccurate and funny they came out on the day Biden was inaugurated. So they lower the rotations and now all of a sudden the number of “cases” has plummeted. The CDC has also said right on their own website that only 6% of reported deaths were actually FROM COVID. 94% of those deaths that tested positive (by using faulty tests) or assumed to have COVID also had 2.9% co-morbidities and were at the end of their life. Funny, when people were dying from cancer, diabetes, heart failure, gun shot wounds, suicide they put COVID on their death certificate. Now that people are dying from the vaccine they are saying the deaths were from cancer, heart disease, gun shot wounds or suicide. I had COVID and was successfully cured with HCQ. The reason they say HCQ doesn’t work (even though in 2005 NIH said HCQ was affective for use in curing corona) is because they could not have fast tracked a vaccine if there were other medications that could be used and face it this is all about Bill Gates and his demonic drive to depopulate. He is not happy with being the 2nd richesst man in the world he strives to be THE richest man in the world. Italy wants him charged with crimes against humanity. India and African people have gravely suffered under Bill Gates and his money making schemes using them his guinea pigs leaving women dead, crippled and sterile. The latest VAERS report is attached here and remember these numbers started on Dec. 14th and only capture about 1% of actual deaths and adverse affects because it is a self reporting site from the medical profession and is very difficult to use and many medical professionals do not even know about this system (gee I wonder why?). If Lee wanted to help the people of TN he would make HCQ, an FDA drug that is also on the WHO of essential drugs, freely available and also Ivermectin. WE HAE BEEN PLAYED for a political agenda.
    VAERS report: https://www.openvaers.com/covid-data

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      Richard Lasater says:

      That white, fundamentalist, Republican Kool-Aid. That’s some Kool-Aid.

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      Cryan says:

      You do know when Donald Trump was admitted to Walter Reed with a severe case of Covid-19, he was treated with a therapeutic created from aborted fetal tissue? He also got a vaccine.

      Anyway, I thought he was going to president again on March 4. What’s the new date from Q now? When is Joe Biden going to stop eating children and be locked away so that Donald Messiah Trump can began his infinite and holy reign on Earth?

      Psycho.

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        Eddie White says:

        Thanks to President Trump we have a vaccine available today. Operation Warp Speed expedited the vaccine. Joe Biden is the beneficiary of what the Trump Administration started and completed before he left office.

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          Cryan says:

          Yes, credit where credit is due. I would take issue with most of his other approach to Covid but agree to disagree. My main concern is that a loud segment of his base is going to set us back with their lies about vaccines. Don’t they realize HE got the vaccine? This conspiracy QAnon stuff is insane.

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            Eddie White says:

            Yes, I agree that there is an element on the far right that will not take the vaccine based on some contorted conspiracy theory. But conspiracy theories run both ways. When President Trump was in office, there were some on the far left who believed he was elected with Russian help and therefore was acting secretly on behalf of the Soviet Union. Stupid can run on both extremes.

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            Cryan says:

            Oh, of course it goes both ways. Don’t get me started on the cult of Bernie Sanders.

            I’m just worried this Q/Anti Vaxx crowd is getting too mainstream. Both Trump and Bill Lee are scared to admit they got the shots or feel the need to play it down. That’s alarming.

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          MARLE says:

          Another, Trump/Melania, who got the shots on the sly. Both had Covid yet both also took the shots but without a word. The person who pushed to expedite the vaccine approval process AND chooses to get the vaccine gets it in secret. Just as with Lee it is all about not losing votes or popular support.

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      Jonathan Swift says:

      Karen, you are doing your part to keep the delusions alive.

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      James White says:

      Federal law states that you can not be forced to take experimental drugs.

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      Taxpayer #314 says:

      Karen… this is total nonsense!

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    Beatrice Shaw says:

    We need more relief for individual families!! Some of the BIG money coming to Tennessee needs to be to help us pay or bills and put food on the table!!

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    TR says:

    I applaud Governor Lee for waiting his turn in line, but at the same time it’s disappointing he wouldn’t publicize receiving the vaccine. Whether to get the vaccine isn’t a liberal/conservative issue, it’s based more on socio-economic level. It’s less educated rural whites and minorities that are refusing the vaccine. In some rural parts of TN doses are going to waste because they can’t find enough people willing to receive them. This really is a tragedy that so many are unwilling to protect themselves and their families based on fear and conspiracy theories. Governor Lee had a real opportunity to lead and speak directly to many of the same people who supported him and encourage them to get the vaccine and he didn’t do for political reasons I suppose. I voted for Bill Lee and for the most part think he’s doing a good job, but I don’t understand the fear our political leaders have of telling people something they don’t want to hear, even if what they’re telling them is based in fact.

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      Donna Locke says:

      I suggest that individuals follow their own intuition about what is to be done to their bodies. My husband got the vaccine, two doses, and he has had lasting scary effects from the first dose. The effects have lessened but are not gone. He got the first Pfizer dose in January. He and I probably had mild cases of Covid before that. They say if you’ve had Covid, you will have reactions to the vaccine. We were not tested but had been exposed. If people feel they should get the vaccine, get it. My son got it because his employer requires it. My daughter is going to get it. Both of them had Covid. I won’t get it because of my own history.

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        Eddie White says:

        My wife and I both had Covid in December . We have now had both of our Pfizer shots. We have experienced no serious side effects.

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          TR says:

          Same. My wife and I both had Covid around Thanksgiving and have gotten the Pfizer vaccine with minimal side effects following the second dose.

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    David Collins says:

    Karen, I am not sure where you get your information but the yearly death rate nationally for the regular flu is 65,000. The death rate for the last year from covid is 500,000 (source CDC). And really, the NIH said in 2005 that HCQ was effective in treating covid-19? That’s an amazing prophesy given the virus did not come on the scene until 2019.

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    Susan E Gingrich, MHS says:

    Guess the media & others don’t recognize legal rights under HIPAA. It is no one else’s business whether or not the governor or anyone else gets a vaccination against it or COVID-19 itself!

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      MARLE says:

      This is not about his right to privacy it’s about his Willingness to Disclose. Betty Ford, way back when, didn’t need to disclose her alcohol treatment but chose to do so in the interest of having the public accept the option for formalized treatment in a clinical setting.

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      James White says:

      Employers are exempted from HIPPA…boo hiss

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    James White says:

    Rutgers University last week announced it will require all students enrolled for the 2021 fall semester to be vaccinated for COVID-19.
    The announcement prompted Children’s Health Defense (CHD) Chairman Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to remind university officials that federal law prohibits mandating products approved under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).
    In a letter to Rutgers President Jonathan Holloway, Kennedy, who also serves as chief legal counsel for CHD, wrote:
    “Federal law 21 U.S.C. § 360bbb-3(e)(1)(A)(ii)(III) requires that the person to whom an EUA vaccine is administered be advised, ‘of the option to accept or refuse administration of the product, of the consequences, if any, of refusing administration of the product, and of the alternatives to the product that are available and of their benefits and risks.’”
    The reason for the right of refusal stems from the fact that EUA products are by definition experimental, Kennedy wrote. “Under the Nuremberg Code, no one may be coerced to participate in a medical experiment. Consent of the individual is ‘absolutely essential,’” Kennedy wrote.
    Kennedy said forced participation in a medical experiment could result in injury.

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      MARLE says:

      And no one is coercing them to attend Rutgers. If they CHOOSE to attend then they will need vaccinations. Simple.

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        MARLE says:

        And Rutgers, Btw, has said that they will honor refusals for religious and other reasons which is a loophole big enough to run the proverbial Mac truck through.

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        James White says:

        I am with you on this, don’t like the requirements for your job or school, go somewhere else.
        I am posted so you know the Government can’t force you to take the Vax.

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