Jun 22, 2022

Steffen calls for Health Department leaders 'dismissal' over COVID vaccine

Posted Jun 22, 2022 3:37 PM

Hutch Post

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Republican State Senator Mark Steffen of Hutchinson called in to the KWBW Phone Forum program on Wednesday and made several pointed comments about the FDA and CDC approval of COVID-19 vaccines for children six months to five years of age.

"It's predatory on these kids," Steffen said. "These kids have a survival rate of 99.995% from the COVID virus, which is higher than most elective surgeries."

He considers the policy decision of the Reno County Health Department to stock the Moderna vaccine for young children and offer it to the public to be incorrect.

"Our Reno County Health Department has decided they are going to take the lead in the state of Kansas of promoting these shots for these six-month olds," Steffen said. "It's deplorable. It's wrong. They tell everybody they follow the CDC and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. According to Kansas Statute, they answer to County Commissioners. What they are doing is wrong. As of today, I'm calling for the dismissal of Karla Nichols and Karen Hammersmith. They need to be out of that county health department."

Director Karla Nichols had no comment when contacted by Hutch Post.