Labrador Retriever “Afraid of Needles” Obtained COVID Waiver from Tennessee Company


A Tennessee company selling medical dispensations for COVID-19 vaccines reported that it issued a dispensation to a Labrador retriever after receiving reports that the dog was “afraid of needles.”

Vaccine waivers signed by Dr Robert Coble, who is licensed to practice medicine in Tennessee, were sold for less than $ 200 on the website until recently. The site is operated by a Hendersonville, Tennessee company called MedChoice, LLC, which was incorporated in early September.

With a growing number of companies and organizations requiring employees to be vaccinated as a condition of employment, the website may have drawn in those who refused vaccines and hoped to circumvent mandates.

However, a recent survey by Nashville NBC affiliate WTVF suggested that little or no actual medical screening was needed for the website’s paying customers to receive the alleged medical waivers.

In a Thursday report, WTVF reporter Jennifer Krause said the company sent her family dog ​​”Charlie Krause” a vaccine waiver days after paying nearly $ 139 and reporting that the dog had ” fear of needles “. No contact with Coble or any other physician has been established.

The waiver was reportedly printed on watermarked paper resembling that of a doctor’s prescription pad and included a handwritten note stating “Charlie should not receive any COVID vaccine.”

A Tennessee company reportedly issued a black Labrador Retriever a doctor-signed COVID-19 vaccine waiver for “fear of needles.” A dog of the same breed is pictured perched outside near a hill in this undated file photo.
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Krause said she also received a plasticized waiver card apparently signed by Coble who considered the black lab “certified medically free from COVID vaccination.”

The waiver order also included instructions for Charlie to tell those who inquired about his immunization status to say, “I am not medically fit to receive the COVID vaccine and my doctor has provided this documentation of this fact. “

Although a small number of people are medically unable to be vaccinated and may withdraw from vaccination warrants for medical reasons, the legitimacy of medical exemptions issued out of fear without any real medical consultation taking place is at best. questionable.

In a similar investigation, Seattle-CBS affiliate KIRO-TV was able to secure a waiver from the same website, also apparently signed by Coble, after paying $ 160 and clicking “I’m worried about the vaccine” in one online questionnaire.

On Thursday, the website that sold the waivers consisted of a note informing visitors that it was in “maintenance mode” and “unlikely to return” while promising that all pending orders would be fulfilled.

“Due to circumstances beyond our control, this site is inoperative,” the note said. “We are unlikely to return. Our apologies to the citizens that we will not be able to help. Please do not email requests for exceptions or explanations of special circumstances. We would help if we could.”

News week contacted MedChoice, LLC for comment.

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