"I don't trust the government' and 'the data is a joke,' said one commissioner.
As health officials push COVID-19 vaccine, Polk County commissioners cling to false information
August 7, 2021 - With school beginning next week, Steven Elias, a parent from Winter Haven, came before the Polk County Commission Tuesday to share concerns about the COVID vaccine and his trouble ascertaining the right data to help make the best decisions for his children.
Local hospital officials have been pushing the vaccination since its roll-out in October. They have continued to promote the free and widely available shot to everyone 12 and older through the summer amid a recent surge in COVID cases and hospitalizations that's particularly impacting younger, non-vaccinated populations.