Sohn: Lee knuckles under on teen vaccine ads

AP file photo / Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee speaks to reporters in January in Nashville.

Well, well, well. It seems Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee does listen to some people. The guy who didn't ever issue a statewide mask mandate and who for a time fought cities and counties that did, capitulated to the extremists of his GOP this week to walk back his health department's encouragement to teens and tweens to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Facing threats by some fellow Republicans in the legislature to abolish or "reconstitute" Tennessee's Department of Health after it conducted outreach to minors with posters - posters, mind you - the governor said his administration will work through parents going forward.

"The state will continue to encourage folks to seek access, adults for their children and adults for themselves to make the choice, the personal choice, for a vaccine," Lee told reporters.