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Opinion | When it comes to COVID shots, TN lawmakers can't help themselves | Richard Ransom

Richard Ransom explains what he thinks of lawmakers sending a letter to Gov. Lee asking him to block the health department from giving out COVID shots to kids.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — They just can't help themselves.

The FDA, the CDC, countless doctors and other scientists have all concluded it's safe for kids under the age of 5 to now get the COVID vaccine.

State lawmakers sent a letter to Gov. Lee anyway, asking him to block the Tennessee Department of Health from giving out the vaccine. 

Yes, younger kids are at a lower risk, but 20,000 kids ages 1-4 have been hospitalized for COVID. The virus has killed hundreds in that same age group. 

Plus, the way young kids can't keep still. Doctors say it would lower the rate of transmission for the rest of us.

Don't tell that to Republican Rep. Jason Zachary of Knoxville who in the letter wrote, "We simply cannot recommend injecting a MRNA vaccine into children."

Guess what, Jason? I got news for you. Nobody asked you for your recommendation. Why don't you stick to politics, let the doctors do what they do and let parents decide what's best.

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