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Nevada county considers banning COVID, flu vaccines

One Elko County Board of Health commissioner said he thinks the proposals should have never been placed on the agenda.

Published: January 18, 2023 11:40am

Updated: January 18, 2023 12:08pm

A Nevada county health board is scheduled to meet Wednesday to consider implementing a moratorium on COVID-19 and flu vaccines.

Elko County, Nev., health officials are also going to consider discontinuing local advertising promoting COVID and flu shots "pending further investigation and results of the Florida Supreme Court case to investigate the wrong doing related to COVID-19 vaccines," according to the meeting agenda.

The Florida Supreme Court last month approved a request from Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) for a grand jury to probe COVID vaccine manufacturers. DeSantis previously said he will hold the manufacturers "accountable" for alleged severe COVID vaccine side effects.

Elko County Board of Health Commissioner Jon Karr said he thinks the proposals should have never been placed on the agenda.

"We’ve already been notified by legal that we don’t have the authority to issue a moratorium," Karr told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "I believe it’s just a miscommunication, and I’m hoping it gets tabled indefinitely."

Another Elko County Board of Health commissioner, Delmo Andreozzi, said: "We do not regulate or have any direct oversight of the health care industry."

"It is my own personal belief that an individual’s health care decisions should only be made in consultation with that individual’s own medical provider for ANY and ALL health care matters," Andreozzi wrote in an email to the local outlet.

Elko County has a population of nearly 54,000, according to Census data.

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