SPRINGFIELD, Missouri (KY3) – The Acting Missouri Health Director speaks out on derogatory remarks about the COVID-19 vaccine, calling the vaccine rhetoric “a bunch of nonsense.”
Robert Knodell was appointed acting director of the Missouri Department of Health and Seniors’ Services after Dr Randall Williams resigned in April. On Thursday, he voiced his concerns via Twitter.
“I’m not the type to let off steam on Twitter, but that’s enough,” Knodell said. “All this rhetoric against COVID vaccines is a bunch of nonsense. “
Knodell’s comments come as Missouri sent new resources to Springfield amid a wave of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Ambulance teams have arrived in the area, while the state is also pushing for a monoclonal antibody infusion facility.
Health officials say vaccines are the best defense against COVID-19. About 40% of eligible residents in Greene State and County are fully immunized, according to public health data.
“If you don’t want to protect yourself, do it to protect your family, neighbors, or strangers who may have vulnerabilities that put them in serious danger that you may not even know about,” Knodell said. “We all care about each other. Let’s stop this virus in its tracks, once and for good. “
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