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Commentary: GOP Official’s “Tracking Device Injection” Comments Demonstrate The Willful Ignorance Of His Party

There is no tracking device in the COVID-19 vaccine. There is nothing reasonable or rational in believing that there is. It’s full-blown conspiracy nonsense. The problem is, a political party representing approximately half of American voters cannot get enough of it.

[Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images]

In the clip below, Don Wagner, a Republican who serves as County Supervisor for Orange County, California, was questioning Dr. Clayton Chau on COVID-19 vaccine programs. Dr. Chau is the director of the Orange County Health Care Agency. Hearing the question, he’s forced to take a moment to compose himself before trying to explain to Wagner that microchips and tracking devices implanted via vaccine are just not a real thing.

Partial transcript, lightly edited for length:

“Is there any intention of tracking folks?”
“No.”
“We heard about an injection of a tracking device, is that being done anywhere? In Orange County?
“There is not a vaccine with a tracking device embedded in it that I know of, [that] exists in the world. Period.”

It’s not Dr. Chau’s first experience dispelling unfounded rumors and conspiracies surrounding COVID-19 vaccines and the effort to get them out into communities. The OC Register reported earlier this month on his effort to help angry parents understand that there are no plans to secretly vaccinate their kids without permission, despite rumors.

The rumor apparently started from a video clip in which Chau encourages educating parents and their children about the effectiveness of the vaccine. In it, he says, “We’re going to need your support to really educate our kids and our parents that they have to accept the vaccine. Because I feel very strongly that without the vaccine, we have no way out of this pandemic.”

Later, he said he had no idea how his words, specifically calling to help parents make an educated decision, could be equated to taking parents out of the decision entirely.

These and other outrageous and unbelievable conspiracy theories keep circling throughout the nation. Most frightening, perhaps, is that officials in public offices — as Wagner, in the clip above, and certain GOP Members of Congress — promote and encourage these wild ideas, when they have access to a virtually endless supply of real and valid information, experts, and evidence.



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