By Paul P. Murphy, CNN
For months, blimpish Nashville, Tennessee-based vigor big Phil Valentine has repeatedly made posts connected aggregate societal media platforms telling his fans that if they weren’t astatine hazard for Covid-19, they shouldn’t get the vaccine.
That connection changed connected July 23, erstwhile the Valentine household made a nationalist connection connected the Facebook leafage of his speech vigor station’s Facebook page.
“Phil contracted the Covid microorganism a small implicit a week agone and has since been hospitalized and is successful precise superior condition, suffering from Covid Pneumonia and the attendant broadside effects,” the household statement reads, which emphasizes that Valentine has ne'er been an anti-vaxxer. “(Phil) regrets not being much vehemently ‘Pro-Vaccine’ and looks guardant to being capable to much vigorously advocator that presumption arsenic soon arsenic helium is backmost connected the air, which we each anticipation volition beryllium soon.”
It ends by urging listeners to proceed praying for Valentine and to “PLEASE GO GET VACCINATED!”
Valentine’s hospitalization came aft the speech vigor amusement big repeatedly dismissed the seriousness of the microorganism and the value of vaccines successful preventing infection.
On December 17, 2020, Valentine wrote connected his blog that his likelihood of getting Covid-19 were “pretty low,” and that the likelihood of him dying from it were “probably mode little than 1 percent.”
“If I determine not to get vaccinated, I’m not putting anyone else’s beingness successful information but possibly radical who person made the aforesaid decision,” helium wrote.
That’s because, helium wrote, the vaccine is highly effectual truthful determination wasn’t immoderate mode helium could infect idiosyncratic who’s been vaccinated if helium got Covid-19.
He besides argued that helium wasn’t an “anti-vaxxer,” helium was conscionable a “logical thinker.”
Valentine repeatedly made akin vaccine misinformation posts and shared misleading accusation astir Covid-19 connected societal media. He adjacent told followers they didn’t request to get the vaccine.
One pistillate posted that her sister had encouraged her to get vaccinated but her “gut told her not to” due to the fact that she’d already had the virus.
“Don’t perceive to your sister,” Valentine responded. “If you’ve had (Covid-19) you person earthy immunity.”
He told different follower that “only those successful information of dying from (Covid-19) should’ve gotten vaccinated.”
Health officials and doctors accidental radical who’ve antecedently had Covid-19 should inactive get vaccinated. Late-stage objective proceedings information suggests the vaccines are harmless and assistance support radical with past Covid-19 infections from reinfection, careless of whether they had mild oregon terrible Covid-19 infections.
Three months ago, Valentine adjacent tried to gully comparisons betwixt infirmary workers who had to bespeak their Covid-19 vaccination presumption connected their enactment ID badges with Jews forced to deterioration yellowish stars successful Nazi Germany. That vaccination presumption denotation connected infirmary idiosyncratic IDs is communal and is made for different vaccines, including the seasonal flu.
On June 20, helium adjacent wrote and performed a parody opus called “Vaxman” successful which helium again utilized it to propulsion an anti-vaccine agenda.
CNN reached retired to Valentine and his vigor presumption but did not person a response.
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