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Tennessee GOP leaders urge delay of toddler COVID-19 shots

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Tennessee GOP leaders urge delay of toddler COVID-19 shots

"Some state lawmakers are taking aim at the distribution of newly available COVID vaccines for children under 5 Top Tennessee Republican House leaders are urging governor Bill Lee to delay the state's health department from distributing and promoting COVID-19 vaccines that are now available for infants toddlers and preschoolers In a letter sent Wednesday to the Republican governor State House leaders including Tennessee House speaker Cameron Sexton and House majority leader William Lambert said they had too many concerns surrounding the vaccine for those under 5 years old the lawmakers claimed that the COVID-19 emergency has long passed in Tennessee though that statement is disputed by public health experts The letter comes just days after Florida raised eyebrows for being the only state in the country not to pre order the vaccine for its toddlers Florida's Republican governor Ron DeSantis said he wouldn't facilitate their distribution but the shots are available to those who want them I'm Jennifer King

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