Organization parks anti-vax signage near Taconic Hills campus
Aliya Schneider is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media a local anti-vaccination group on Tue., May 25, strategically placed billboards on the back of parked farm trucks near the Taconic Hills Central School District on the day before a vaccination clinic was scheduled to take place at the school. The vehicles were parked along the intersection of Routes 23 and 11A, which leads directly to the campus. The signs read: Vaccine injured? You are not alone! Please share your story. Another billboard read: Do we REALLY trust the FDA? Are Vaccines Safe." The third featured the photo of an unidentified older man, and read: Don't be bullied into taking an experimental shot; unknown effects; no liability." All three ad boards directed readers to a web page created and maintained by Do We Need This, a group of Columbia County residents dedicated to the restoration of "health freedom." The Columbia County Department of Health walk-in vaccine clinic went ahead as planned Wednesday. County Director of Health Jack Mabb said.that while the group has the right to express its First Amendment rights, their viewpoint is not based on science. “It’s a free country,” Mabb said. “They can express their opinion. I have been concerned about these folks showing up at some of our school district PODs and causing an issue. I am really glad they haven’t.” Taconic Hills Superintendent of Schools Neil Howard agreed that it is the group’s right to protest, but he supports the COVID-19 vaccination efforts and trusts the science behind it. Erich Kress, who owns the trucks, said he parked the vehicles around 7 a.m. Tuesday and took them home between 8 and 11 p.m. The trucks were legally parked on the shoulder of the road, he said. Kress was aware the district was making plans to host a clinic, but he claimed not to know the details. Kress intends to park the trucks near the Ichabod Crane and Hudson school districts, as well. Do We Need This spokesperson, Kristin Buckbee, said the organization is more of a network than a group. “There really isn’t a group of people,” she said. “There is a network of people and it’s not homogenous so an individual or some people take on a particular initiative or cause and then maybe certain people in the network hear about it and help with it or not. ..." Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.