If Amazon delivers a dog muzzle to your office door (that you didn’t order), you might expect a pink slip to follow.

That’s what happened to Tennessee’s vaccination leader Michelle Fiscus when she committed the job-ending “error” of sharing the correct legal information with doctors about whether minors could receive the COVID-19 vaccination without parental permission. Someone anonymously sent Fiscus a black dog muzzle to her office; days later, she was fired.

Talk about your dog whistle to politicians. “Without parental permission” are the three words in the English language most likely to launch a revolt, second only to the sentiments expressed by Second Amendment activists who say they will give up their guns only “when you pry them from my cold, dead hands.“

Parental rights are sacred and, most of the time, I would say, rightly so. But not necessarily when a lifesaving vaccine is being withheld by parents who’ve surrendered to political rhetoric over verifiable information.

Facts: The vaccine is effective against COVID-19. The vaccine sometimes carries minimal-to-minute, temporary side effects. (I felt lousy for 10 hours after my second injection.) In states where vaccination rates are high, infection rates are low.

Let’s say you’re a 14- to-17-year-old who understands these facts and is skeptical of the political rhetoric from anti-vaxxers and their social media enablers. Let’s say you’d like to get yourself a shot of prevention, but your parents say, “not on your life.” What are your options?

This was the question that led to Fiscus’ dismissal. Health providers had contacted her department to find out how they should handle requests from minors for the vaccine. Fiscus issued a memo outlining the state’s long-standing “Mature Minor Doctrine” that allows health care providers to decide whether an adolescent has the capacity to make the decision without a parent. The doctrine has been on the books for 34 years.

Soon after the memo was posted online, however, some Tennessee legislators began sweating bullets, so to speak. This isn’t surprising. Only four other states and D.C. have such a doctrine, and the coronavirus vaccine has sparked a deadly partisan divide like few other issues.

To those who accept the findings of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other national experts, the response to vaccine skeptics is: the polio vaccine. It eradicated a debilitating disease. But to a certain cadre of Americans determined to believe anything but science, the coronavirus vaccine is a fascist, world-order, takeover drug created by the Chinese to speed things along. Even if further investigation finds that the novel coronavirus escaped through a lab accident in Wuhan, as some have long suspected, wouldn’t one still wish to inoculate oneself against such a potentially deadly disease?

Let’s just say, logic isn’t exactly humming along these days.

Fiscus, who is a pediatrician, knows this deeply. In interviews following her firing, she has said that her dismissal is symptomatic of a trend around the country that has resulted, as of May, in more than 250 public health officials leaving their jobs — either by firing or through protest resignations. She says Tennessee, which initially boasted one of the highest vaccination rates, is bowing to “saber-rattling of some of our legislators who felt that it was inappropriate to share the Mature Minor Doctrine that has been Tennessee Supreme Court case law since 1987.”

Thanks, surely, to political rhetoric, Tennessee’s fully vaccinated rate is about 38%, compared with roughly 48% nationwide, just as the more transmissible delta variant is sweeping the nation. To deal with this looming crisis, Tennessee has halted all vaccine outreach to adolescents, not only those related to COVID-19.

As an admittedly happy coronavirus-vaccinated human being, who is also inoculated by time against the demands of omniscient teenagers, it’s easy for me to insist that parents ought to get their kids, as well as themselves, vaccinated. But we all know this mess is more complicated than that. Parents are increasingly reluctant to cede yet more control of their children’s lives to government “experts,” especially when it comes to health and education.

But COVID-19, as we’ve said countless times, has affected everything, including the imperative to achieve herd immunity. Simply put, one’s refusal to be vaccinated makes life more dangerous for everyone else. Given that about half of America has taken its medicine without notable consequence, isn’t it time to accept the facts?

In a saner world, Fiscus would be rehired soon with an apology and a contrite statement about a “misunderstanding.”

And those who lend legitimacy to the anti-vaccine cause on social media and flaky cable and radio programs would be face to face with unemployment.

2021, Washington Post

(46) comments

billnonymous

Facts: The vaccine is effective against COVID-19.

Facts: The Covid "vaccine" does NOT and will NOT prevent you from getting Covid or transmitting Covid to others. Need an example? Ask the NY Yankees or the TX Cowardly Democrats who were all 100% vaccinated and felt oh so protected from the big bad Covid that they all took a private plane without masks and have now infected themselves and others, all of them 100% vaccinated. Ask Israel and England whose majority of new cases are from 100% 'vaccinated' people. Many new cases in America are from fully vaccinated people, as well.

DeftCurmudgeon

"By a vote of 216 to 207 Tuesday evening, Democrats in the House of Representatives blocked consideration of a bill that would require the Director of National Intelligence to declassify information related to the origins of the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic, specifically information about any role the Wuhan Institute of Virology may have played in the pandemic's outbreak."

Imagine that.

billnonymous

Democrats you say? Banding together to block Americans from finding out what we already know anyway? Democrats blocked it solely to protect their lying, scheming, deceitful hero and mass murderer, Fauxchi. He has exposed himself as a fraud. His hands, and other American hands, are all over the 'gain of function' research of Covid at Wuhan (or as normal people call it, the weaponization of Covid.) He cannot hide the evidence any longer and we can only hope Rand Paul's referral to the DOJ for a criminal investigation of Fauxchi is taken seriously. He championed this virus' creation and stated that trying to create such a virus was worth any pandemic its release causes. To quote him verbatim: "the benefits of such experiments (creating Covid in a lab) and the resulting knowledge (gained from its creation) outweigh the risks" (of causing a pandemic) So, to Fauxchi, the 600,000 Americans who died with Covid, was worth it. Got it liberals, your dead relatives were worth it to Fauxchi. His own words.

Now, he is right when he says he didn't fund its creation, because it was US, the American taxpayers, that provided the millions and millions of dollars, to a country that wants to destroy us, to weaponize a virus that was ultimately deployed against America and the world. Democrats and liberals will go to the mat to defend Fauxchi, defend his approval of 600,000 deaths of Americans and millions worldwide as "worth it." Sick, sick, sick people these Democrats. How can you stand by the man who said your loved ones’ unnecessary death was worth it to him?

DeftCurmudgeon

"Two counties in California reanalyzed death certificates and lowered the number of deaths attributed to COVID by at least 22%. One infectious disease expert believes the CDC may soon ask all counties to recount their data

Recommendations to add COVID if it was suspected even though not confirmed to the death certificate, financial incentives for hospitals and inaccurate PCR testing are among the factors that supported inaccurate data reporting

Conversely, the numbers of injuries and deaths from the COVID shot are being suppressed, disregarded and likely underreported. To boost the appearance that the vaccine is effective the CDC is again manipulating PCR testing by creating different criteria for vaccinated and unvaccinated people"

Canoe12

Looks like I really sent you into a tailspin, Deft. Now you're promoting such garbage that even the authors admit is just money-making scam. I'll bet you paid for a subscription, didn't you?

"OffGuardian is a Strong Conspiracy and Strong Pseudoscience website that frequently promotes unproven conspiracy theories and false information regarding the Coronavirus."

DeftCurmudgeon

Ok, put the ad hominems aside, get to deboonking... lol

Your sources are no better than mine.

And considering yours have -verifiably- lied about "collusion", the origins of the China virus, Hunter Xiden's laptop and pop's dementia, mine have cred and yours have... zip.

Retrieve thy paddle... lol

Canoe12

My sources have years of medical education and experience, while yours have... opinion. And thanks for working in the tired old "dementia" and Where's Hunter's laptop! Still makes me chuckle.

Have a wonderful evening, Deft.

DeftCurmudgeon

Your sources are either really bad or simply liars.

Xiden's dementia is obvious to anyone with even a mediocre medical background and Hunter Xiden's laptop contents have been verified.

The Xidens are a crime family and their son is a pedophile.

And a pleasant evening to you as well.

freeride

Canoe12, I think you just explained what CNN and all other left leaning news orgs. do!!

billnonymous

You mean how they read the text messages where Hunter is whining that his sister in law (who he started having sex with after his brother died) told his therapist that he's being sexually inappropriate with a 14 year old female relative (including being naked in pictures with her naked, too) and how he creates "a very unsafe environment" for her and then wonders what else they can make up about Trump Jr?

billnonymous

If Donald J Trump was still president, those numbers would've increased by 222%

We need to keep in mind that the CDC changed their reporting rules for Covid deaths literally hours after Sock Puppet Xo Xiden was installed behind a line of military vehicles and barbed wire fences, just like how dictators are installed.

DeftCurmudgeon

"A fully vaccinated aide for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a White House official tested positive for Covid-19 after welcoming Democrat Texas lawmakers to the Capitol."

Canoe... up the covid creek without a paddle... again... lol

Canoe12

Poor Deft. You really don't understand how vaccines work. Do you know what the word "efficacy" means? Here's a hint: vaccines don't guarantee you won't ever test positive for a virus. It means you won't get so sick from a virus that you have to be hospitalized and might even die. That's why people should get vaccinated. They might still test positive for the virus if they are exposed to it. But they won't die. In fact, they probably won't even get sick. See?

DeftCurmudgeon

"Experimental gene therapy" - there, fixed it for you.

Now, retrieve that paddle, paddleboy... lol

freeride

Hahaha...good one Deft! Canoe has no clue...it even rhymes!

Canoe12

95% of the people dying from Covid-19 in the United States are the unvaccinated. The remaining 5% are inividuals who were vaccinated with one of the three vaccines, however they also had 2 or more advanced, co-morbid conditions.

The vast majority of patients dying from Covid-19 today are younger patients who previously thought they were at low risk and failed to follow basic precautions.

This is now a pandemic of the people who refuse to get vaccinated. To all the vaccinated people out there -- be smart. Don't assume that the unvaccinated will follow basic precautions. Protect yourself and your loved ones.

bishopsboy

Dearest Canoe, according to the CDC, the highest China virus hospitalization rates for the week ending 7/10/21 were among Hispanics and Native Americans (2.3 per 100,000 - more than twice the rate of other ethnic groups). Don't you think there is a strong correlation between the 1 million illegal alien Hispanics Biden ill-advisedly welcomed into our country with zero China Virus screening and the increase in hospitalizations and deaths?

Just admit this is Biden's fault, he messed up big time.

Canoe12

Dear BB,

Undocumented immigrants crossing the border receive a health screening and are offered the J &J vaccine. Most take it. Those who don't are quarantined. In fact, Republican Steve Scalise was very upset about this policy, stating that "illegals" were "jumping the line" ahead of healthy Americans who were waiting their turn. I guess Scalise wanted illegals to go unvaccinated and become superspreaders. Fortunately, President Biden is in charge now. So we actually vaccinate people at the border - unlike Trump, who just threw everyone into crowded warehouses and tent cities until they were processed.

And just so you understand, the reason some ethnic groups are still suffering higher rates of illness has more to do with crowded living conditions and lack of access to affordable health care in a timely manner. Don't forget - Native Americans were here long before you.

freeride

How do you vaccinate the over 100,000 who came across without being apprehended at a check point and disappeared into the night....are you really that dense?

bishopsboy

freeride, you don’t vaccinate them. That’s why the Hispanic China virus numbers are so high.

bishopsboy

Dearest Canoe, the J&J vaccine efficacy is poor for the Delta variant.

DeftCurmudgeon

Nope, none of the above is true.

Stop going to CNN or PMSNBC for your talking points.

Canoe12

Why did Trump just issue another statement encouraging people to get vaccinated, just like he did? Is he trying to kill his followers?

bishopsboy

Canoe, didn't Biden and Kam-a-la cast mistrust and fear of the "Trump" vaccines during their campaign last year? Aren't their followers disproportionately brown/black? Were Biden and Kam-a-la trying to kill their followers? Didn't their strategy backfire and disproportionately hurt minorities and Biden's vaccine push now? Isn't that why the current China virus infection rates are highest among Blacks and Hispanics?

LOL. That's what happens when Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum run the show.

DeftCurmudgeon

"Britain's chief scientific adviser, Patrick Vallance, said on Monday that 60% of people being admitted to the hospital have had two doses of the vaccine."

I'll just leave this here...

bootsielawson

Those idiot Texans were all vaccinated as they flew to DC and at least 5 got covid. CDC and HHS personnel only 60% got the shots. They are medical experts, wonder why? just saying.

DeftCurmudgeon

Simple answer - we've been lied to... a lot.

Canoe12

Why is Trump lying to you?

Canoe12

False. Dr. Fauci and other medical experts were asked, during a Congressional hearing in May, about how many employees had received the vaccine. They responded tht approximately 60% had been vaccinated, the same as the general population at that time. This doesn't mean that the remaining 40% had refused. It simply means they were waiting their turn, just like everyone else.

freeride

98.8% survival rate after being infected with covid....why are they pushing vaccines? The current vaccine will not protect you if the virus mutates to another variant and will have been a waste of time and money.....herd immunity is the only reliable way to fight a virus.

Programmer

Correct on the survival rate. And the vaccine seems to not work as well as claimed.

Then there is no money to be made without a vaccine so it gets pushed instead of effective treatments.

DeftCurmudgeon

"To date, VAERS reports over 11,000 deaths. The whistleblower stated that one of the secret reporting systems indicates that the reality is that more than 45,000 people have died from the experimental gene therapy injections."

Canoe12

"one of the secret reporting systems..."

That's funny. Tell me, Deft, if 45,000 people have died from the vaccines, how have "they" kept the families of these 45,000 people quiet? Is that information kept on some other "secret" database? Have they all been "silenced" by the Deep State Secret Cabal that is working out of a pizza place in DC?

DeftCurmudgeon

That's the beauty of not having to provide sources, my info is just as valid as anything asserted by the lamestream media.

Have you wrapped your head around what constitutes experimental gene therapy yet, paddleboy ?

Canoe12

I explained it to you in detail, Deft.

DeftCurmudgeon

Yep, and I deboonked your "explanation" with actual experts.

Canoe12

Baron Trump has been vaccinated. Imagine that.

DeftCurmudgeon

A lot of folks got "vaxxed" before the lies of the media propagandists were exposed.

Canoe12

You'd think that Trump, who repeatedly took credit for the development of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, would know what was being given to his own son. After all, he asked the media to call it the "Trump Vaccine" and recently stated that he hoped the world would thank him for bringing these vaccines to the market so quickly. Why do you think Trump would lie about it?

DeftCurmudgeon

I expect because the "experts" and the lying media lied to him just as they did all the rest of us.

freeride

Why doesn't Kathleen post the death rate for teenagers who have tested positive for covid? I think I know why because it would destroy her politically motivated agenda about vaccines! These so called life saving vaccines are causing more problems than is being told and many have lost their lives thinking it would be a life saver. You're not going to hear the rest of the story that tells us how many have died just getting the shot. How protected are you if you receive the vaccine? It is now being discovered (and again the true numbers are being hidden) many who have been vaccinated are testing positive for covid....imagine that!

posumcop

Psst....Kathleen...was the polio vaccine "experimental" when it was distributed to the masses?

Canoe12

Yes, it was. Any other questions?

Programmer

And how many people did the polio vaccine kill before they got it right?

DeftCurmudgeon

So far the "flakes" have been right more than the "experts".

And considering the Chinese plague has a 99.8+ percent recovery rate I'll go with "my body, my choice" when it comes to experimental gene therapy.

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