One of the biggest conspiracy theories pushed by right-wingers and QAnon believers is that the COVID-19 vaccines are actually tracking devices implanted on people so the government can keep tabs on them. As ridiculous as that sounds, one Republican supervisor, who represents three million people, believes that theory to be true.
On Tuesday, Orange County supervisor Don Wagner asked Dr. Clayton Chau, the county’s chief public health officer and director of the Orange County Health Care Agency, if the vaccines were being used to put tracking devices on people.
Chau couldn’t help but laugh at the Republican’s question.
“Is there any intention of tracking folks?” Wagner asked.
Chau indicated there was no intention of that, and Wagner returned to baseless conspiracy theories about that topic.
“We heard about an injection of a tracking device,” Wagner said. “Is that being done anywhere in Orange County?”
Chau did not immediately respond, and then the microphone picked up his audible laughter.
“I’m sorry, I just have to compose myself,” Chau said after a pause. “There is not a vaccine with a tracking device embedded in it that I know of [that] exists in the world, period.”
Take a look at the video clip below:
Republican Don Wagner, who represents three million Orange County residents, wants to know if the Covid vaccine has a tracking device in it pic.twitter.com/vNCQexKFBI
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) April 28, 2021