A Tennessee company selling medical waivers for COVID-19 vaccines has reported issuing a waiver to a Labrador 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 CovidVaccineWaiver.com 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 get vaccinated as a condition of employment, the website may have attracted those who refuse vaccines and hope to circumvent warrants.
However, a recent investigation by Nashville NBC affiliate WTVF suggested that little to no actual medical screening was needed for the website’s paying customers to receive the purported medical waivers.
In a Thursday report, WTVF reporter Jennifer Krause said the company sent her family dog ”Charlie Krause” a vaccine waiver days after she paid nearly $139 and reported that the dog had ” fear of needles. No contact with Coble or any other doctor 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 that “Charlie should not receive any COVID vaccines.”
Krause said she also received a plastic waiver card apparently signed by Coble that considered the black lab “certified medically exempt from COVID vaccination.”
The waiver order also included instructions for Charlie to tell those wondering about his vaccination status to say, “I am medically incapable of receiving the COVID vaccine and my doctor has provided this documentation on this.”
Although a small number of people are medically incapable of being vaccinated and may be able to opt out of vaccination warrants for medical reasons, the legitimacy of medical waivers issued out of fear without any genuine medical consultation has location is questionable at best.
In a similar investigation, Seattle CBS affiliate KIRO-TV was able to get a waiver from the same website, also apparently signed by Coble, after paying $160 and clicking “I’m worried about the vaccine.” in an online questionnaire.
On Thursday, the website selling the waivers consisted of a note telling visitors 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 inoperable,” the note reads. “We are unlikely to return. Our apologies to citizens that we will not be able to help. Please do not email requests for exceptions or to explain special circumstances. We would help if we could.”
Newsweek contacted MedChoice, LLC for comment.