No explanation given for Missouri health director’s resignation amid virus vaccine rollout

Missouri’s health director resigned Tuesday amid the state’s coronavirus vaccine rollout, Republican Gov. Mike Parson announced.

Parson did not provide an explanation for Department of Health and Senior Services Director Dr. Randall Williams’ departure. Parson named his deputy chief of staff, Robert Knodell, to be the agency’s acting director.

Parson’s spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request by The Associated Press for Williams’ resignation letter Tuesday.

“Dr. Williams has been a huge asset to Missouri, especially this past year in dealing with COVID-19,” Parson said in a statement. “We greatly appreciate all the work he has done for the people of our state and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

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Source: Associated Press – SUMMER BALLENTINE