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Tennessee won't incentivize COVID shots but pays to vax cows

Tennessee has given farmers who have vaccinated their cattle nearly half a million dollars in the last two years. Republican Gov. Bill Lee refuses to do the same to entice people to get COVID-19 vaccines.

8/3/2021 4:01:00 PM

Tennessee has given farmers who have vaccinated their cattle nearly half a million dollars in the last two years. Republican Gov. Bill Lee refuses to do the same to entice people to get COVID-19 vaccines.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has sent nearly half a million dollars to farmers who have vaccinated their cattle against respiratory diseases and other maladies over the past two years. But Republican Gov.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has sent nearly half a million dollars to farmers who have vaccinated their cattle against respiratory diseases and other maladies over the past two years.But Republican Gov. Bill Lee, who grew up on his family’s ranch and refers to himself as a cattle farmer in his Twitter profile, has been far less enthusiastic about incentivizing herd immunity among humans.

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Even though Tennessee has among the lowest vaccination rates in the country, Lee has refused to follow the lead of other states that have offered enticements for people to get the potentially life-saving COVID-19 vaccine.Lee hasn’t always been against incentivizing vaccinations.

Tennessee’s Herd Health program began in 2019 under Lee, whose family business, Triple L Ranch, breeds Polled Hereford cattle. The state currently reimburses participating farmers up to $1,500 for vaccinating their herds, handing out $492,561 over the past two fiscal years, according to documents from the Tennessee Agriculture Department. headtopics.com

ADVERTISEMENTLee, who so far has avoided drawing a serious Republican primary challenge in his 2022 reelection bid, has been accused of complacency in the face of the deadly pandemic. Tennessee’s vaccination rates for COVID-19 hover at 39% of its total population, versus over 49% nationally for the fully vaccinated. The state’s COVID hospitalizations have more than tripled over the past three weeks and infections have increased more than five-fold.

Speaking at the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association annual conference on Friday, Lee said he did not think incentives were very effective, WBIR-TV reported. “I don’t think that’s the role of government,” he added. “The role of government is to make it available and then to encourage folks to get a vaccine.”

In an emailed reply to a question about the contrast to incentivizing vaccination for cattle, spokesperson Casey Black wrote, “Tennesseans have every incentive to get the COVID-19 vaccine – it’s free and available in every corner of the state with virtually no wait. While a veterinarian can weigh in on safely raising cattle for consumption, the state will continue to provide human Tennesseans with COVID-19 vaccine information and access.”

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It's not a vaccine. TN = Cows Humans This tells you all you need to know about him. What is surprise since it was a doctor and his wife from Tennessee that help bring the disease here thanks Tennessee way to go Fleurdelisazure in other words the GOP continues to be trash. In fairness, the cows haven't been refusing public health measures. And I don't think we should reward those who've been ignoring science with cash, especially since so many who were responsible and got their shots before Delta only got peace of mind as a reward. 🤷‍♀️😒

Cows and humans... Hum.... I am glad he has common sense. joincalee Mandate vaccines … Backlash to a vaccine mandate is manageable … Death is not Collapse of our economy is not There isn’t enough money in the world to incentivize people (who don’t care about their own life or the life of others) to do what’s in their best interest …

That’s the Republican strategy. Screw over the farmers and the working class then buy them off with welfare. They hate socialism unless it’s helping the people who vote for them Cows! Yes you think we’re cattle, we get it

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Cows are worth money, republicans don’t care about people unless they can start selling them. Cash cows? 👀 You make money on cows. Cow vaccines work. They are killing their own people, they need to be honest cause people are dying. Its not a political issue, it hits man woman and child and pets. It definitely doesn't discriminate.

Last I checked, cows are unable to make their own healthcare decisions based on available information. Why pay people to do the responsible thing? The cow is a sacred animal in India and now Tennessee! 😂😂😂😂😂 what a beast this guy!

Tennessee won't incentivize COVID shots but pays to vax cows Tennessee sent nearly half a million dollars to farmers who vaccinated their cattle against respiratory diseases and other maladies over the past two years. Republican Gov. Bill Lee is less enthusiastic about incentivizing herd immunity among humans. That makes a lot more sense than trying to convince humans to take it. Cows need those vaccinations and their farmers aren’t afraid to give it to them because they know what a virus can do to a cow. Any animal. Oh the irony.

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