Top Tennessee vaccine official says she was 'terminated for doing my job'

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The Tennessee state government's former top vaccine official is speaking out after her firing, saying she's "afraid for my state."

Dr. Michelle Fiscus, who served as the Tennessee Department of Health's medical director for vaccine-preventable diseases and immunization programs, said she was fired Monday and given no explanation in her termination letter, the Nashville Tennessean reports.

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Brendan Morrow

Brendan worked as a culture writer at The Week from 2018 to 2023, covering the entertainment industry, including film reviews, television recaps, awards season, the box office, major movie franchises and Hollywood gossip. He has written about film and television for outlets including Bloody Disgusting, Showbiz Cheat Sheet, Heavy and The Celebrity Cafe.