A newsletter from the office of the Idaho lieutenant governor used a misleading number to disparage the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, the Post Register found after talking with an office staffer and three outside experts.
The newsletter edition, dated Aug. 27 and disseminated on an official Idaho government website, complete with the state seal, falsely claimed that 69% of vaccinated people died within 28 days of receiving a positive COVID-19 test. The letter, signed by Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, of Idaho Falls, uses data from a Public Health England briefing that is highly technical to aid its false suggestion that Idahoans “may be significantly worse off health-wise if they get vaccinated?”
It was shameful for Brad to suggest today that Idahoans must make a specific medical choice in order to show love for their neighbors. You can love your neighbor and still make medical decisions that are right for you. I trust YOU to make your own health choices. #idpol— Janice McGeachin (@JaniceMcGeachin) August 31, 2021
The media is at it again with their lies. I have always said if you want the vaccine, get the vaccine. It was shameful yesterday when the governor said in order to love your neighbor, you must get the vaccine. That assertion remains shameful today. #idpol— Janice McGeachin (@JaniceMcGeachin) September 1, 2021