Tennessee Republican Leadership Signs Letter Urging State Residents to Get COVID-19 Vaccine


Republican members of the Tennessee State Senate have released a letter touting what they called the importance of COVID-19 vaccines, and they urged all Tennesseans to get one.

This, according to a press release that Tennessee Senate Republican Caucus members emailed this week.

Caucus members said recent national news coverage has painted an inaccurate picture of the approach Tennessee state government officials have taken towards the vaccine. They said in the letter that, despite recent progress in fighting COVID-19, the virus continues to spread.

“There has been a recent spike in the number of cases, which includes the virus’s more contagious delta variant,” according to the letter.

“A strong majority of these cases are among those who are not vaccinated. And virtually all of those currently hospitalized with COVID-19 have not been vaccinated.”

Every member of the Republican Caucus leadership team signed the letter. They said that if the vaccines were available from the start and widely used then we would not have lost more than 600,000 Americans.

“We are well beyond the COVID-19 vaccine trial stage,” the letter said.

“Nearly 338 million doses of the vaccines have been administered in the United States with few adverse effects. Please compare the very rare instances of side effects with the more than 600,000 deaths in the United States that have occurred due to COVID-19. The facts are clear — the benefits of the vaccines far outweigh the risks.”

The letter said state law will not require vaccine mandates for Tennesseans. Members of the Tennessee General Assembly passed legislation earlier this year that they said ensures state or local governments cannot require vaccine passports.

“Every life lost to this virus is tragic,” the letter said.

“The COVID-19 vaccines save lives. Again, we strongly urge all Tennesseans to study the facts, talk to your doctor and get vaccinated.”

Caucus members said vaccines have saved lives for more than a century.

“As a result, polio and smallpox have been eradicated and measles, mumps and rubella are rare. Building on these 20th century medical breakthroughs, the COVID-19 vaccines were developed utilizing high standards and the best medical technology available,” the letter said.

“Even the new mRNA technology, which has caused some people to be vaccine hesitant, has been around for decades. The mRNA vaccines teach your body how to make a protein that will trigger an immune response, without using a live virus. This technology is found in essentially every pharmacy, medical office and laboratory. Recombinant DNA technology has almost completely replaced insulin obtained from animal sources for the treatment of insulin-dependent diabetes with great success for over 30 years.”

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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star. Follow Chris on Facebook. Email tips to [email protected]








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13 Thoughts to “Tennessee Republican Leadership Signs Letter Urging State Residents to Get COVID-19 Vaccine”

  1. Roger

    How about a letter about dumping Covid infected illegals in every major population center in this country exposing US citizens, then blaming us when there is a surge in infections?

  2. Tom Collins

    I speak and care about the MILLIONS who’ve been killed IN DEFENCE OF THIS STATE and country of course ! NOT THE LYING NUMBERS OF VIRUS DUJOR!

  3. 83ragtop50

    Where were all of these brave people when Lee was forcing unconstitutional actions onto Tennesseans? Oh, that is right, they were all cowering in their basements. You had your chance to show leadership and blew it. Now just shut up and go back into your basements.

  4. Horatio Bunce

    I thought the “closed primaries” were supposed to keep Tennessee Republicans from electing Jen Psaki to the Republican caucus.

  5. Ron W

    Our government has no business, no delegated powers to recommend, promote and certainly impose medical procedures, drugs, injections to or on us!
    But since they are ,why have they and why aren’t they telling us to enhance our health and immunity?? During this pandemic, so-called “healthcare experts” advising government official NEVER say anything about it. Now why is that?

    1. Good Question

      Good question. Where’s the discussion about eating nutritious foods, exercising, optimizing your vitamin D level, etc.

  6. CMinTN

    Vote them all out!

    1. Good Question

      They made it easy for us to see who needs to be voted out for promoting the propaganda.

  7. Tim Price

    The CDC, Dr Fauci and the other Covid Talking Heads have really screwed up the environment for Covid vaccinations.

    There have been so many confusing and contradicting thing told as well as some downright
    intentional lies.

    A lot of the intentional lies were done for strictly political purposes.

    So many Democrat politicians have clearly violated recommendations and their own rules.

    Biden babbles out that people who don’t get the vaccination are stupid.

    And we wonder why people are pushing back on mask mandates and vaccination mandates?

  8. David Blackwell RN, BSN, CCM

    My doctor says not way.

    1. Ron W

      But wait! Your Tennessee elected officials say “get vaccinated”! What other products or services are they going to recommend as elected representatives? Are they getting paid by the pharmaceutical companies, Pfizer, Moderna and John and Johnson to endorse and recommend their products for which those companies have been given illegal immunity if you take their counsel and are injured or die?

  9. nicky wicks

    no thanks i dont want to be your lab rat

  10. LM

    Disgraceful. The Republican party in TN has turned to lying just like the Dems. The COVID shots are in no way similar to measles or smallpox vaccinations. The jabs have killed far more people than will be reported, and it is becoming more apparent with every day that passes that the shots do not work. NO you bunch of liars – it is NOT worth the risk. I hope the people of this state and this country finally stand up and put a stop to this. No more masks – no more lockdowns – and no COVID jabs.