Apparently, Oregon isn’t made up entirely of Antifa and Commies.
An elected official representing Oregon’s 12th most populous county told residents listening to a public meeting Wednesday they should put their faith in God, not doctors or scientists when it comes to their decision on whether to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
“You’re just going to have to ask God, and pray for wisdom on this one because you can’t trust the politicians, you can’t trust the doctors, you certainly can’t trust the CDC or any World Health Organization,” Josephine County Commissioner Darin Fowler said during the virtual meeting of the three-person board of commissioners.
Fowler was reacting to public comments at the meeting, and the threat that Josephine County, like many rural areas of the state with low vaccination rates among health care workers, could face an exodus of unvaccinated hospital and medical clinic personnel when Gov. Kate Brown’s vaccine mandate for health care workers kicks in Oct. 18.
Fowler’s comments run counter to an overwhelming body of evidence that vaccines are safe and effective.
The Oregon Health Authority has consistently said vaccination is “the safest, most effective, and most reliable way” to stay safe from COVID-19.
The state public health agency has spent months attempting to combat misinformation and vaccine hesitancy, in part by encouraging people to “talk to your doctor about your concerns.”
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