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Opinion | It would be a travesty if TN’s governor listens to a bunch of pandering politicians | Otis Sanford

ABC24 political analyst and commentator Otis Sanford shared his point of view on the debate over COVID vaccines for young children in Tennessee.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Just when you thought you’ve heard and seen it all from certain members of the Tennessee legislature, along comes one more example of idiocy from the very people who are supposed to be government leaders.

In outright defiance of a reasonable move to protect public health, at least four Republican lawmakers are urging Governor Bill Lee to block distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to children under 5. And it’s not just any four. They include state House Speaker Cameron Sexton and House Majority Leader William Lamberth. Both signed on to a letter written by fellow House member Jason Zachery asking Lee to prevent the state Department of Health from sending the much sought-after vaccine to local health departments.

Their reasoning is – they don’t trust the findings from the federal Food and Drug Administration that the vaccine is safe for children as young as 6 months. But these are politicians. Not health experts. So who cares what they think? They are also the same politicians who said parents should decide whether they children wear masks in school during the height of the pandemic. Now they want to prevent parents from having access to vaccines to protect their children. Talk about hypocrisy.

The state Health Department has already preordered vaccine doses for the youngest Tennesseans. And it would be a travesty if the governor listens to a bunch of no-nothing, pandering politicians.

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