There are many red states where Republican governors are making a big push to get people vaccinated. West Virginia, Arkansas and Ohio stand out as areas that have offered both accurate information and prizes to people willing to get inoculated.
Tennessee, however, is a different story. This week, the Republican legislature fired Dr. Michelle Ficus, the top vaccine official in state. Tennessee also chose to pause all vaccination outreach, not just for COVID, but for all diseases. On Tuesday, Mika Brzezinski blasted the state legislature for their drastic actions.
The Morning Joe co-host began:
The Tennesseean reports that if the health department must issue information about vaccines, staff are instructed to strip the agency logo off the documents. The health department will also stop all COVID-19 vaccine events on school property, despite holding at least one such event this month. Additionally, the health department will take steps to ensure it no longer sends postcards or other notices reminding teenagers to get their second dose of the coronavirus vaccine.”
Brzezinski continued, “This is just hard to believe that we’re here. All vaccinations, by the way. According to the paper, Tennessee’s average number of new cases per day has more than doubled in the past two weeks. The state is also detecting a growing number of infections from the delta variant, and when you have Mississippi, when you have a dozen kids on life support — my god, this is a Republican Party that is self-destructing, literally. What is wrong with them?”
Watch a clip of the segment below:
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com and Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology and spending time at the shore with his family.