Blames ‘Myths’ for ‘Hardened’ Vaccine Resistance
“It is myths. As I go into these town hall meetings, someone said: Don’t call it a vaccine. Call it a bioweapon. And they talk about mind control,” Hutchinson said. “Well, those are obviously erroneous. Other members of the community correct that.”
“I don’t know if I underestimated it, but, certainly, the resistance has hardened in certain elements, and is simply false information,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson said in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“Why is our vaccination rate lower? We’re a very rural state. We have a lot of resistance. It’s a conservative state. Sometimes conservatives are hesitant about the government, and we’ve just got to counteract that by getting better information to them, building confidence,” Hutchinson said during the interview.
“There’s a legitimate concern and criticism if somebody is not getting vaccinated because they believe in the conspiracy theories, or they’re stubborn, or they don’t trust the government. Come on. Do better research,” he said. “But obviously you have to understand that there’s some that have compromised health situations that they don’t want to get it for an allergy or some other reasons. Those are things they got to talk to their doctor about.”