Senator Kerry Roberts Explains Decision On Haile COVID Vaccine Letter: Decision Between Patient /Doctor
ROBERTSON COUNTY: (Smokey Barn News) – Senator Kerry Roberts (R-Springfield) has released a statement regarding his decision not to sign Senator Ferrell Haile’s letter urging Tennesseans to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
“Several have asked why I didn’t sign Senator Haile’s letter urging Tennesseans to get a COVID-19 vaccine. My position is that the vaccine decision is between a patient and doctor. As a State Senator, I have focused on the statewide legal and policy aspects of the pandemic instead of influencing decisions for or against the vaccine. I was elected to be a State Senator, not a doctor. It’s neither my place nor my expertise to evaluate one’s medical history or provide medical advice.
“Tennesseans are better served by talking directly with their healthcare provider instead of listening to social media posts, celebrities, politicians or anyone else with an agenda for or against the vaccine. A one-on-one conversation with a person’s physician can help sort through the confusing and conflicting information so that an individual can make the best decision based on their health history.
“I have no criticism of Senator Haile’s letter or my colleagues who signed the letter, some of whom are healthcare providers. Had the letter been limited to an encouragement for Tennesseans to consult with their own healthcare provider regarding the vaccine, I would have signed on.” Senator Kerry Roberts