The Kentucky Department for Public Health has announced that Location Vaccination, a company that provides vaccinations for businesses, is currently being investigated for causing an untold number of infections across Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.
According to the Department of Public Health (DPH) Report, there is no issue with the actual vaccination, nor are there any issues with vaccination supply. Instead, the report says it appears that “improper storage and handling of the vaccine” led to contamination which is responsible for the infections. The provider has suspended shipping vaccinations indefinitely. Some patients have reported signs of infection as soon as a few days, while others have had symptoms appear more than twelve weeks after immunization.
As a precaution, the DPH is advising anyone that has been vaccinated by this organization to immediately seek medical evaluation. In addition, there is a concern that the infection has hindered the effectiveness of the vaccinations and individuals should be revaccinated to ensure the integrity of the process. No numbers have been provided as to how many people were immunized with contaminated vaccinations, though we know the provider was primarily operating in Kentucky will smaller operations in Indiana and Ohio. While contaminated vaccinations are deeply concerning, the potential damage this will do to the principle of vaccinations could be worse.
The World Health Organization (WHO) ruled that in 2019, “Vaccine Hesitancy,” commonly known as the anti-vaccination movement (anti-vaxx), is one of the top ten greatest threats to global health. The measles, once all but eradicated from every developed country by vaccinations, has had a 30% global increase in outbreaks. In the United States, measles outbreaks have been reported in 21 states and New York City. Washington State has so many outbreaks that the Governor has declared a state of emergency. While many argue that mandatory vaccinations are the only way to treat the issue, the constitutionality of this measure is questionable.
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Andrew Shirley is a reporter at Battleground State News and The Ohio Star. Send tips to [email protected].