TN agrees to pay former top vaccine official $150,000

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Tennessee has agreed to pay its former top vaccine official $150,000 after she sued the state.

Dr. Michelle Fiscus was fired in 2021 after facing lots of criticism over her department’s efforts to promote COVID vaccines for minors.

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Just days after she was fired, then-Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey and Chief Medical Officer Tim Jones released a letter detailing the reasons Fiscus was terminated.

Fiscus then filed a lawsuit, saying the letter was “defamatory.”

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Over two years later, new documents obtained by News 2 showed the state of Tennessee has agreed to a comprise and settlement.

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