By TRAVIS LOLLER, Associated Press
Nashville, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Thursday would not say whether he would be vaccinated against COVID-19 when a vaccine becomes available. His comments came during a news conference at which he also announced that the Education Department will provide information on COVID-19 cases in public schools.
Public health departments are being told to prepare to distribute COVID-19 vaccines as early as Nov. 1. and Lee said the state is working to develop a distribution plan.
But the Republican also called a decision to vaccinate a personal choice and said he would do what he would want all Tennesseans to do. “I’ll determine if I believe it is safe and effective and talk to my doctor,” Lee said.
Tennessee Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey said at the news conference that the Nov. 1 date should be taken as a loose timeframe for when