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After lengthy battle with COVID-19, Tennessee GOP lawmaker urges vaccinations

David Byrd previously approved a resolution declaring the news media "sensationalized the reporting on COVID-19 in the service of political agendas."
Credit: Tennessee General Assembly
State Rep. David Byrd, R-Waynesboro (Photo: Tennessee General Assembly)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee lawmaker who battled COVID-19 for nearly eight months is encouraging the public to "consider getting vaccinated." 

Republican State Rep. David Byrd detailed his struggle with the virus in a lengthy statement Friday, describing how the disease put him in an intensive care unit on a ventilator for 55 days.

He said his family began planning his funeral. 

The Republican lawmaker said he understands "the concerns of those who are hesitant" to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Last June, Byrd joined many of the House GOP caucus in approving a resolution that declared the news media "sensationalized the reporting on COVID-19 in the service of political agendas."