Top Vaccine Official Fired After Health Department Pushes Vaccines On Minors

Photo: Dr. Michelle Fiscus and clip from Ad Campaign for Vaccinating Minors

Photo Credit: Tennessee Department of Health

Published July 13, 2021

The Tennessee Conservative [By Jason Vaughn] –

Tennessee government fired one of its top vaccination officials from the Tennessee Department of Health after controversy surrounding the department’s campaign to push COVID-19 vaccines on minors.

Tennessee Capitol Building in Nashville

Dr. Michelle Fiscus was employed as the medical director in charge of immunization programs and vaccine-preventable diseases. Fiscus was terminated on Monday.

A spokesperson for the health department said they could not comment on the termination, Fiscus claims that the firing comes as a way to appease legislators who were angry about recent TDOH advertisements that focused on vaccinations for teenagers. 

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“It was my job to provide evidence-based education and vaccine access so that Tennesseans could protect themselves against COVID-19,” Fiscus stated. “I have now been terminated for doing exactly that.”

Lawmakers, however, have been critical of Fiscus’ performance. In a June 16 meeting of the Joint Government Operations Committee, they took issue with a letter Fiscus distributed to medical providers who were administering the COVID-19 vaccines. 

The letter provided an explanation of Tennessee’s “Mature Minor Doctrine.” This gives healthcare providers permission to treat minors over the age of 14 without parental consent, if the provider deems that the minor is mature enough or if the parents are unable to provide consent for certain reasons.

Fiscus told legislators that all of the wording in the letter had come from the health department’s attorney and that she had been told that it was “blessed by the governor’s office.”

Legislators did not fully buy her answer, instead insisting that the department was misusing the legal authority provided by that doctrine.

Senator Janice Bowling of Tullahoma appealed to Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey, asking her to “take action” to “remove the fear, the concerns, and the anger that has gone across the state as a result of Fiscus’ letter.”

Bowling continued, “It is very disconcerting to see the letter, or memo, from Dr. Fiscus stating that Tennessee law allows the Department of Health to give vaccinations to children 14 years of age.”

Senator Mark Pody of Lebanon also expressed “extreme disappointment” that the department would use that doctrine as a means of pushing vaccines on children. 

The meeting led to lawmakers discussing the possibility of doing away with the Department of Health altogether to keep them from pushing this agenda.


Following the June hearing, the TDOH has minimized its push to vaccinate minors. They removed all social media posts and online vaccination advertisements for teenagers.

Facebook Post from The Tennessee Department of Health
posted June 21, 2021 – same was also posted on their Twitter account.

They also sent guidance to county level staff to avoid holding any vaccination outreach events for children.

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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

8 thoughts on “Top Vaccine Official Fired After Health Department Pushes Vaccines On Minors

  • July 13, 2021 at 4:01 pm

    Thank the Lord above we have Tennessee leaders who have and are using God given common sense when it comes to this so called Covid 19 vaccine. Thank you for making a stand and taking action to stop this leftist push to vaccinate our children! Please continue to fight for us in this battle of right versus wrong. God bless you!

  • July 13, 2021 at 5:40 pm

    No children need this experimental injection! She should be ashamed of herself for pushing this.

  • July 13, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    Praise GOD! Good work, Sen. Bowling and others in the state legislature! It is unconscionable for the state to override parental rights and responsibilities with regard to administration of an unproven, experimental substance injected in a child. I would have no problem if the state decided to do away with the Dept. of Health altogether.

  • July 13, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    Thank you for getting this liberal dr out of Tennessee.
    It’s a known fact this is a shot not a vaccine as well as most children are not involved with this virus. Giving a experimental shot to children is unthinkable. Also the young man on the poster is a black children another suspicious theme. Please keep Tennessee a God fearing state, it’s our only salvation.

  • July 14, 2021 at 12:19 am

    She overstepped her authority and got terminated because of it.

    She must be a liberal.

  • July 14, 2021 at 12:23 am

    There are still some vaccination events geared toward children happening around the state. There’s one coming up here in Memphis, a back to school event. Should they be canceled too?

  • July 14, 2021 at 12:52 am

    GO TENNESSEE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • July 15, 2021 at 12:01 pm

    I’m certain she is a liberal, Biden supporting idiot who is engaged with destroying our country. I hope she cries herself to sleep every night…


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