A Colorado school district has said it won’t let children get vaccinated on its campuses after a parent’s campaign to sabotage the school’s clinic resulted in a video that went viral on right-wing Twitter.
Gregg McGough, the father of a 15-year-old high school student, has shared a video showing his son trying to get vaccinated at school by lying about his age and providing a fake parental consent note. McGough say it Colorado Sun that his purpose in sharing the video was to shut down Littleton Public School’s vaccination clinic and prevent other clinics from popping up in schools in the future, apparently by showing that students could get vaccinations by simply falsifying notes from their parents.
In addition to a video showing McGough’s son Owen apparently tricking vaccinators, a second video soon emerged showing another student offering a fake name, “Draper Ensling,” and giving a fake date of birth.
In one interview with Fox News, Owen McGough said he was behind the videos and worked with another student to circumvent requirements to get a COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic housed at Heritage High School “without too much effort at all”.
“They really didn’t check the facts,” Owen McGough said.
McGough’s father did not immediately respond to The Daily Beast’s request for comment on Saturday, but he defended the videos in a Facebook post, calling it “disturbing and criminal” that the children came so close to getting vaccinated – while insisting that any school district that allowed the Tri-County Health Department to offer vaccines on the school grounds “put your children at risk”.
“It is a subterfuge and indoctrination allowing children to make medical decisions without their parents’ permission or even being present,” he wrote. “I find that to be a disgusting excess on the part of the LPSD.”
Asked by Fox News what prompted him to make the video, Owen McGough replied: “I just don’t like to see vaccination clinics being set up in schools.”
“The introduction of vaccination clinics in schools also brings politics into schools, and opportunities for social pressure from other students, teachers and staff administrators to obtain the vaccine and even rescind consent. parental,” he said.
The pair of videos sparked fury among vaccine opponents after appearing on the far-right ‘Libs of Tik Tok’ Twitter account as an example of how easily children could bend the rules to get the shot. The group released the clip claiming the video was recorded during school hours and featured a 16-year-old ‘lying about his age’ to nurses who agreed to give him the vaccine without asking him for ID .
A similar video of another student in the neighborhood who lied about his age in order to be offered a vaccine without parental permission also appeared on the Libs of TikTok Twitter account.
None of the videos show a student being vaccinated, but the response was swift after McGough sent a letter asking for “immediate termination of LPS authorization for Health Department vaccination clinics of the Tri-County operate in Littleton Public Schools”.
In an email to Littleton Public Schools Superintendent Brian Ewert, posted on the Libs of Tik Tok Twitter account, the parent details the offer of two children, ages 15 and 16, to see if they can get away with it. vaccinate with deceptive vaccinating agents.
“The district was aware of the issues with the release of the vaccine to underage children in schools,” he said.
McGough said he was assured by the superintendent that the vaccines would require parental permission and the presence of a guardian for all doses, but he touted the children’s ‘experiments’ as evidence that this was not not the case.
“Superintendent Ewert was wrong, and he is now warned of it,” he wrote, insisting that after providing false information, the children “easily offered the vaccines and encouraged to get them. “.
“Since there were serious adverse effects on minors taking these injections, including severe cases of myocarditis, true physical harm could have occurred,” he wrote.
Neither child has been vaccinated, as confirmed by McGough himself.
A day after the email was posted on Twitter and garnered thousands of likes, Ewert announced in a letter to parents on Tuesday that the district would no longer be offering vaccines on its campuses.
Ewert said the school district erred in assuming that vaccination clinics would follow a protocol practiced at Children’s Hospital that required a parent to be present at the time of vaccination.
Tri-County Health, which staffed the employee clinic with a contractor from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, told school officials that Colorado does not require Parents accompany children to their vaccination appointments as long as parental consent is obtained before the appointment, according to Ewert.
“In any event, we do not believe that Jogan Health employees followed proper protocol to obtain parental permission, which could put children at risk,” Ewert wrote. “Please be aware that LPS does not condone the administration of COVID vaccines or any other vaccines to minors without a parent present to provide consent.”
Ewert could not immediately be reached for comment by The Daily Beast on Saturday.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment told the Colorado Sun the videos were made to hinder school vaccination efforts, which were “an important way for the state to ensure access to COVID-19 vaccines in convenient locations.”
Becky O’Guin, spokesperson for Tri-County Health, defended the vaccine staff, telling the Colorado Sun that videos make it harder for people who are eligible for vaccines to get them.
“Our judgment is that state protocols appear to have been followed in assessing whether to offer the vaccination,” she told the outlet. The videos, she said, “hurt members of our community who want and need easier access to the vaccine for themselves and their children and will now have to find another vaccination location.”