Elko County health board votes against ban on COVID-19 and flu vaccines – The Nevada Independent

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Elko County’s Board of Well being voted Wednesday in opposition to imposing a moratorium on COVID-19 and flu vaccines within the county.

The seven-member board consisting of the county’s 5 commissioners, sheriff and well being officer unanimously agreed they lacked the authority to impose such a moratorium and in addition determined in opposition to proposing the county discontinue promoting for any flu or COVID-19 vaccines.

“We will’t order folks to put on masks. I really feel the identical method about this moratorium,” Commissioner Rex Steninger stated. “If anyone needs to take the vaccine, that’s their resolution.”

Up to now, members of the county fee took laborious stances in opposition to what they seen as authorities overreach, voting to ignore a masks mandate the governor reimposed to stem the unfold of an aggressive coronavirus variant in August 2021, ban using vaccine passports by any county company in July 2021 and reject a $500,000 grant from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention in November 2022. 

The ACLU of Nevada submitted a letter to the board suggesting they might file a lawsuit if members proceeded with a moratorium.

“A moratorium on vaccinations can be an egregious injustice,” representatives with the ACLU wrote. “Whether or not these in Elko benefit from influenza or COVID vaccines, provided readily all through the nation, will not be your resolution.”

The well being board rejected the proposal regardless of assist from a majority of neighborhood members who testified throughout public remark.

“I believe it is vital for us to keep in mind that folks should be in control of their very own well being care from the start,” Commissioner Delmo Andreozzi stated. “In addition to that … I do not know that we have now the precise authority to try this as a result of we’re not the regulatory authority for any of the well being care suppliers.”

Board member and Elko County Well being Officer Dr. Bryce Putnam stated he’s a profound advocate for vaccinations however famous that receiving a vaccine is a private alternative.

“I used to be a frontrunner/member of the crew who organized, developed, carried out and disseminated the COVID vaccine throughout our pandemic response,” Putnam stated. “It was an absolute honor for me to try this for the individuals who consented right here to the vaccine in Elko County, they usually did consent. I’ll at all times attempt to offer entry to care the place there’s want, and particularly on this county.”

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