By Anne Dachel
Parents in the northern Minnesota town of Nevis (pop. 390) took a daring step recently demanding that a planned COVID vaccine clinic at a local school be shut down. While most of the coverage defended the safety of vaccinating against COVID, this shows the power of organized groups who call for health freedom.
May 25, 2021, Park Rapids Sentinel: Following complaints, Nevis School cancels vaccination clinic
Plans to use the Nevis School building as a site for COVID-19 vaccinations today in cooperation with CHI St. Joseph’s Health Community Health were changed after a vocal group against the idea came to Monday night’s school board meeting.
Members in the group started out by saying that schools are for education, not vaccination. They stated that the vaccine is not fully approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and these vaccines are putting the lives of children at stake, with one group member characterizing the shots as “jabbing children with poison.”
They also stated that more than 99 percent of children who contract COVID do not become seriously ill. They said the decision to vaccinate children should be made by parents with their child’s doctor and that holding a shot clinic on school property is not appropriate.
Superintendent Gregg Parks said that it was not their idea to offer vaccinations at the school, but they cooperated with CHI St. Joseph’s Community Health, an agency that has been working with the school on its Safe School Plan during the pandemic, when asked to do so. …
Marlee Morrison, the director of CHI St. Joseph’s Community Health, said the idea to offer vaccines at schools came from the state.
“We’re the public health agency for Hubbard County, so we work under the Minnesota Department of Health’s guidance,” she said. “With the recent emergency use authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for children 12 and older from the FDA, and knowing that schools are sources of outbreaks, we want to offer the vaccine to those who are eligible. It’s a strategy that’s happening statewide….