Unlike Dolly, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee kept his first and second COVID-19 vaccinations to himself

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee gives the command for drivers to start their engines at the NASCAR All-Star auto race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn, Wednesday, July 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NASHVILLE - Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee disclosed Tuesday that he received his second COVID-19 vaccination earlier this month, although he did not use the occasion to encourage vaccine-hesitant fellow Tennesseans to get inoculated against the pandemic.

"It's a personal, private decision, and that's what I did, that's how I made it," the Republican said in response to questions about why he didn't tweet photos or video of his second vaccination.

He said it was done last Friday or Saturday. Last year, Lee tweeted out a photo when he got a flu shot.

(READ MORE: Tennessee Gov. Lee ends authorization for local mask mandates in 89 counties)

A number of elected officials, then-Republican Vice President Mike Pence among them, have publicly received their vaccine shots before cameras. Celebrities such as singer Dolly Parton have done so as well.

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