Arizona regulator who oversees utility companies sent them conspiracy theories on COVID-19 vaccine

Arizona Corporation Commissioner Jim O’Connor told The Arizona Republic the government and news media are covering up deaths and other harms caused by the shots.

By Ryan Randazzo | Arizona Republic

A regulator who oversees power and water companies in Arizona shared discredited conspiracy theories with the leaders of those companies as part of an effort to convince them not to require workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Arizona Corporation Commissioner Jim O’Connor, a Republican who was elected in November, told The Arizona Republic in an interview that the government and news media are covering up deaths and other harms caused by the shots.

“I’m also aware through other information that many people who have taken the shot, many thousands of people here in the U.S., are deceased. And the deceased part is the good news. And please don’t take that out of context. But the alternative to being deceased after the shot, there are something like 40,000 plus recorded cases of people that are now potted plants. They are human vegetables. They’ve lost their ability to function,” he said.

There is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines have caused such problems.

O’Connor’s beliefs run counter to mainstream science. It’s unclear where O’Connor is getting his information, but he shared one source: an Idaho doctor named Ryan Cole who has made a host of false and controversial statements about COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has determined that the vaccines are safe. Besides mild side effects such as soreness and fever, the only serious side effects so far are blood clots associated with one of the three vaccines, occurring in about seven out of every 1 million women ages 18 and 49, and even rarer allergic reactions.


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