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Lawmakers: Parental OK needed for minors to get COVID shot

The statement was issued Wednesday by Sen. Kerry Roberts and Rep. John Ragan of Tennessee.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Two Tennessee Republican lawmakers say they've received assurances their state's Department of Health won’t vaccinate children for COVID-19 without parental consent. 

The statement was issued Wednesday by Sen. Kerry Roberts and Rep. John Ragan of Tennessee.

It indicates the state of Tennessee is doubling back on a decades-old provision about children’s vaccination rights, an issue that became a lightning rod in the firing last week of Tennessee’s top vaccine official. 

Roberts and Ragan said they received the assurances after a meeting in June in which Republicans on their legislative committee criticized the state's outreach on COVID-19 shots for eligible minors.