Columbus, OH — On Tuesday, the Ohio House Health Committee held a meeting discussing House Bill 248, which would prohibit businesses or government entities from requiring vaccinations. Republican leaders of the committee invited Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, a Cleveland doctor and anti-vaxxer, to testify. During her testimony, Dr. Tenpenny falsely said that vaccines “magnetize” people and incorrectly claimed that particles in the COVID-19 vaccine can connect to 5G wireless technology. In response to lawmakers allowing such inaccurate disinformation to be shared on their committee platform, Dr. Ean Bett, a family physician in Columbus and the Ohio State Lead for the Committee to Protect Health Care, released the following statement:
“It’s extremely troubling to hear such outlandish, fantastical claims about vaccines, let alone when they are made by another doctor. But it’s even more unsettling that Republican lawmakers in our state would give these dangerous claims a platform. Thankfully, as more and more Ohioans receive the vaccine, we’re seeing fewer and fewer hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19, but we’re not out of the woods yet. As a physician, I believe legislators should be doing everything possible to promote these safe and effective vaccines, not allowing discredited anti-vaxxers to sow doubt about them.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, June 9, 2021
NOTE: The physicians above are speaking in their capacity as members of the Committee to Protect Health Care. They should be identified only as indicated in this news release.