By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
U.S. House candidate and state Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, is calling for the eradication of the COVID vaccines, which he referred to as the “clot shot.”
Bouchard made a series of social media posts on Monday decrying the vaccines and calling for them to be pulled off of the market because of what he described as adverse health effects from their use.
“The vaccine needs to be taken off the market. It should be removed immediately! #StopClotShot,” he wrote in one post.
The term “clot shot” refers to the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, which was temporarily pulled from the market because it caused blood clots in a handful of patients. It has since been made available again.
It was not clear if Bouchard was referring only to the Johnson and Johnson vaccine or also to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
In another post, Bouchard claimed that doctors said 300,000 patients had developed heart disease from “post-pandemic stress disorder,” although he did not cite any experts or data to support the claim.
Bouchard also shared video testimony from the Legislature’s Health and Labor Committee meeting in November, when a Cheyenne nurse said she suffered an injury from the vaccine and was unable to work because of her reaction to the shot.
“Facebook won’t allow me to promote the testimony, and no media source in WY will report about the two people that waited all day and finally were able to speak (at the hearing) at 7pm,” Bouchard said. “There are others being silenced. Furthermore, WY state government is spending big money advertising for people to get the jab, but they are breaking the spirit of the law— ‘labeling and disclaimers’ is why the FDA was formed. There are zero disclaimers at the end of these ads. All we hear from the government is that it’s completely safe. Even Doctors that go against the tide are fired. This is all wrong. A choice based on censorship isn’t a choice. And a ‘choice’ isn’t one when it’s coerced.”
While Wyoming Department of Health spokeswoman Kim Deti declined to directly comment on Bouchard’s claims, she told Cowboy State Daily on Monday that the vaccines were effective.
“We are going to decline to respond directly on this other than to say millions of Americans and thousands of Wyoming residents have safely received these vaccines,” she said.
Bouchard has regularly criticized the vaccines and touted controversial remedies such as hydroxychloroquine.
According to GetVaccineAnswers.org, which has information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 170 million people in the United States, including 96% of medical doctors, are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The COVID vaccines have been through the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history, according to the website.