Anti-vaxxers have, since the COVID-19 vaccines first became available, spread false stories claiming that people who remain unvaccinated would be rounded up and put in detainment camps to either isolate them from others or force compliance. Now Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is pushing a similar false story, declaring that the state of New York has passed a law that will result in the detainment of anyone unvaccinated.
Greene made an appearance at Teurning Point USA‘s AmericaFest 2021 event, and shared videos of her own speech, in which she promoted anti-vax conspiracy theories. In the clip below, she shares a false story about new legislation she says has passed in New York, and insinuates that it will result in people being held down and forcibly vaccinated.
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) December 19, 2021
“I don’t know if you guys saw the news, but New York, in the House, they just passed a bill, it’s going to the Senate next week, where anyone that’s unvaccinated, that is a dangerous person to society and a threat to public health can be detained indefinitely. Things are getting to places we shouldn’t be, and I’ll tell you right now, I have a serious problem with that because I’m not vaccinated, and they’re gonna have a hell of a time if they wanna hold me down and give me a vaccine.”
While it’s concerning that Greene’s speech seems to suggest she only has a problem with the legislation because it affects her, the bigger problem is that it’s simply not true. Her assertion is entirely false.
However, Politifact has located the legislation that Greene could be misunderstanding. The most important things to know about the bill in question is that it never passed, that it was actually introduced in 2015, and that it specifically referred to someone who was infected (not just refusing vaccination) and refusing to quarantine during a public health crisis.
In short, there’s no such law — there was a bill that was proposed more than half a decade ago, and has never passed. Even if it had, it would only apply to people actively refusing to quarantine when known to be infected — contrary to Greene’s claims.
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