Holy cow! (Had to do that pun) but what in the world? Tennessee Governor Bill Lee said last week he doesn’t plan to offer any incentives for people to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
But, according to the Associated Press, the state paid nearly $500,000 to cattle farmers to get their herds vaccinated over the last two years. Tennessee farmers can earn up to $1,500 per cow that gets vaccinated against COVID.
Tennessee is the 9th least-vaccinated state in the country based on data from the New York Times with only 39% of residents vaccinated against COVID. A statement from the governor’s office said, “Tennesseans have every incentive to get the COVID-19 vaccine – it’s free and available in every corner of the state.