TN Health Commissioner Acknowledges “Unintended Consequences” of Biden’s Federal Mandate

Photo: Dr. Lisa Piercey; Photo Credit: TnDeptofHealth / YouTube

The Tennessee Conservative [By Jason Vaughn] –

Tennessee’s Commissioner for the Department of Health is concerned about the “unintended consequences” that may occur as a result of President Biden’s recent order that forces bigger companies to make vaccines mandatory for their employees.

Tennessee Capitol Building in Nashville

In September, President Biden unleashed a barrage of vaccine mandates that will impact nearly 100 million Americans. 

His plan stipulates that all businesses with more than 100 workers must require employees to be vaccinated or submit to weekly COVID testing.

According to state labor officials, the order affects 4,156 employers in Tennessee. This means nearly 2 million workers in the state could be forced to take the vaccine or seek new employment. 

Dr. Lisa Piercey discussed this impact in a news conference on Thursday.

“I don’t know how that’s all going to come out in the wash. With all of the challenges to the federal mandates that have been announced, we really don’t have a ton of details yet on the actual rules of how those are to be implemented,” Piercey said.

She also acknowledged that the state has very little power over the vaccine mandate, basically saying they are simply at the mercy of Biden’s administration.

“As state surveyors, we are a proxy for the federal government,” Piercey stated. “We are essentially here on the ground and we survey for our federal partners. We don’t get to make the rules or change the rules.”

When the mandate was first announced, Governor Bill Lee issued a statement, saying that it was a “terrible idea.”

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A poll recently released by Convention of States Action shows that the majority of voters “do not believe that Americans should lose their jobs if they object to taking the COVID-19 vaccine.” 65% of those surveyed agreed with that statement. 

30% of those surveyed said they believed that the president does not have the power to issue such a mandate, while 55.5% also said that they felt the mandate “sets a precedent that could be abused by future presidents on other issues.”

Tennessee’s Attorney General Herbert Slatery sent a letter to President Biden, saying he felt that the mandate was a violation of federal law. He stated that the Biden administration’s public statements “indicate an unprecedented assertion of emergency regulatory powers by a federal agency.”

Tennessee Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally agreed, tweeting, “President Biden’s executive order is pure federal overreach. As a pharmacist, I understand the vaccine is our best weapon against COVID. But the order is unconstitutional and economic warfare against workers and employers.”

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About the Author: Jason Vaughn, Media Coordinator for The Tennessee Conservative  ~ Jason previously worked for a legacy publishing company based in Crossville, TN in a variety of roles through his career.  Most recently, he served as Deputy Directory for their flagship publication. Prior, he was a freelance journalist writing articles that appeared in the Herald Citizen, the Crossville Chronicle and The Oracle among others.  He graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor’s in English-Journalism, with minors in Broadcast Journalism and History.  Contact Jason at

11 thoughts on “TN Health Commissioner Acknowledges “Unintended Consequences” of Biden’s Federal Mandate

  • October 1, 2021 at 3:57 pm

    We need to let Gov Lee know that saving our state is more important than wearing a mask or not. We’re suppose to be open….all the way. So stand up to the dictatorship and stand up for our rights. Start by saying no to the powers that want to be in control. It’s not about the plandemic (not misspelled) it’s about our “life”!

  • October 1, 2021 at 4:52 pm

    I have never been so passionate about something as I have been about this.
    No one, of sound mind, should be forced to have anything injected into their body upon threat of their livelihood.
    I personally know 3 people who have died from Covid. I also personally know 3 people who have had heart inflammation or a fatal blood clot within days of receiving the vaccine. I have had Covid (Delta) and I am not going to take the added risk every 6 months in order to do my job. Half of Americans feel this way.
    Please, do whatever you possibly can to stop these mandates.
    I feel powerless to prevent this. If there is any way I can help, I will gladly do so.

  • October 1, 2021 at 5:55 pm

    I call biden mandates bullshit for workers.
    Mandates are not law.and the federal government. Has no say so in a states constitution. It’s time our state senators and Gov Lee.fight for our rights under our constitution as well as the constitution
    Of our country.Hes destroying this country.and if our state law makers
    Dont standup to this marxists regime
    Then our country is lost.

    • October 2, 2021 at 11:32 pm

      How true. Assert 10A. While we still can.

    • October 3, 2021 at 11:51 am

      It is all about$$. If Lee refuses then Biden will eliminate any federal $$ to the state. We are are war not with bullets but with pens and papers!

  • October 1, 2021 at 5:58 pm

    Biden cant push the vax on a federal level
    He’s trying to get companies to do it for
    Him .people learn the law of this land.get angry stand up for our civil rights.

  • October 1, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    What does she mean they can’t change the rules??? Good grief!! This crap is ILLEGAL!!!! We all must say NO! I am infuriated over this attitude. Our forefathers would be utterly ashamed at our lack of backbone and integrity. Stand up to tyranny, people!!!!

  • October 1, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    I have never been politically active but Biden’s continues to blunder everything he inflicts on US Citizens. Nine months of Chaos: lies, inflation, punishing our Health Care Heroes, increasing unemployment, overwhelming illegals crossing our borders during a Pandemic, oil dependence on other countries, emissions from importing oil.. I really think he believes US Citizens are too stupid to notice, fight what we can and Support Republican candidates for Midterm elections and stop the Chaos.

  • October 3, 2021 at 5:38 pm

    I disagree… we are not at the mercy of the federal government.. That is the first mistake. Citizens rights are protected by the constitution and it does not give the government that power. Government is there to protect the rights of citizens and not force unconstitutional burdens. We are only at their mercy if we allow it and comply. This is a stupid way to represent the sovereignty of a state and continue suckling the tit of the federal government. Every state is has sovereignty and only gives it up as they comply with tyranny. Our state representatives should know better!

  • October 4, 2021 at 1:49 pm

    this woman is lying to tennessee citizens there is a thing called states rights time to invoke it this woman must be a biden supporter what do you mean you cant do anthing more like you wont do anything heres a thought fine all companies who impose this mandate. the vaccine kills more people than it helps all the people in hospitals today are the ones who took the shot. make your employer sign an affidavit that if the shot hurts me youll be responsible no they wont do it. FEM let them leave tennessee more employers will fill in example smith&wesson. this mandate will put everyone in 1-unemployment line and 2-put in hospital. dont let your children take this if you want to see them grow up. remember folks tennessee belongs to the people of tennessee not joe biden


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