Vaccine Requirements Protect Tennesseans With Cancer

The American Cancer Society’s right to make decisions in the best interest of their employees and the cancer patients they serve cannot be overstated.

October 27, 2021

Statement from American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) Government Relations Director Emily Ogden

NASHVILLE, TN – “The American Cancer Society’s (ACS) right to make decisions in the best interest of their employees, the cancer patients they serve and the right of cancer patients who have compromised immune systems to feel safe when receiving cancer care and doing everyday activities cannot be overstated. 

“ACS’s vaccination requirement is essential for the ACS Hope Lodges in Nashville and Memphis. The Hope Lodge provides free lodging to cancer patients and their families, which allows them access to the care they need. This access is vital for Tennesseans who live in rural parts of the state far away from premier cancer treatment facilities.

“ACS CAN urges Tennessee lawmakers to remember Tennesseans with cancer and other immunocompromised people when considering any anti-vaccine action. Passage of this type of legislation would put the health of those who have battled cancer and the over 41,000 Tennesseans who will be diagnosed this year at greater risk.”


About ACS CAN at 20 
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) makes cancer a top priority for policymakers at every level of government. ACS CAN empowers volunteers across the country to make their voices heard to influence evidence-based public policy change that saves lives. We believe everyone should have a fair and just opportunity to prevent, find, treat, and survive cancer. Since 2001, as the American Cancer Society’s nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, ACS CAN has successfully advocated for billions of dollars in cancer research funding, expanded access to quality affordable health care, and made workplaces, including restaurants and bars, smoke-free. As we mark our 20th anniversary, we’re more determined than ever to stand together with our volunteers and save more lives from cancer. Join the fight by visiting  

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