CONCORD, N.H. — The head of New Hampshire’s health department on Friday accused a Republican lawmaker of spreading misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine.
Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Lori Shibinette was telling the Legislature’s fiscal committee that 90 percent of those hospitalized in New Hampshire due to the coronavirus are unvaccinated when she was interrupted by Rep. Ken Weyler of Kingston.
“That is in doubt,” he said, adding that he has heard from emergency room workers who say 90 percent of those admitted have been vaccinated.
“That is incorrect and that is misinformation,” Shibinette told him, according to a video of the exchange shared by WMUR-TV. “I have no idea why someone would say that but that is incorrect, and that is the problem that we are having in increasing our vaccination rate: spreading misinformation about the Covid vaccine.”
Republican members of the committee voted to table $27 million in federal virus relief funds that would have gone to the state’s immunization program.