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Tim Vandenack, Standard Examiner

US Rep. Blake Moore addresses a town hall meeting at Weber High School in Pleasant View on Tuesday, November 9, 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic was a major focus of the meeting.

PLEASANT – The COVID-19 pandemic and vaccination took center stage at a town hall meeting held by US Representative Blake Moore.

The lawmaker responded to questions and comments from those in attendance, expressing opposition to vaccine mandates, such as those ordered by President Joe Biden for companies with more than 100 employees. “Mandates just make people not want to comply,” Moore said.

He expressed his support for focusing more on ‘natural immunity’ – the natural defenses built up in those who survived the COVID-19 virus – in the vaccination debate. “It has to be appreciated. It must be embraced,” the Republican said in Salt Lake City.

But he probably won’t be able to create leeway to allow for the use of ivermectin in the treatment of COVID-19, the focus of a city hall participant’s question. “If your doctor can’t do that, it’s going to be hard for me to start changing what your doctor can prescribe,” he said.

About 75 people attended Tuesday night’s town hall, held at Weber High School in Pleasant View, one of several around the 1st district. Moore was due to hold another in Layton on Wednesday. Topics discussed ranged from renewable energy to the federal deficit. But COVID-19 and the government’s response to the pandemic have been particularly important concerns.

Tim Vandenack, Standard Examiner

US Rep. Blake Moore listens during a town hall meeting at Weber High School in Pleasant View on Tuesday, November 9, 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic was a major focus of the meeting.

Many asked questions related to COVID-19 and their tone was largely skeptical and critical of the fight against the virus as waged by US health officials and the Biden administration.

“I don’t care what the (Federal and Drug Administration) says. I don’t care what the (National Institutes of Health) says, they’re lying to Congress. I don’t care what the (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) say because they don’t rely on science,” said one woman. She asked Moore to facilitate access to ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine to fight COVID-19.

Vaccination mandates coming from the FBI — for US military personnel and, more recently, for companies with more than 100 employees — have been a particular point of anger. A federal judge on Saturday halted implementation of the corporate mandate proposed by Biden in an executive order, at least for now.

“The COVID tyranny must end,” said one man.

Another man expressed concern that his wife would soon lose her federal job because she had not consented to vaccination. She does not have the opportunity to test regularly for the virus instead.

Tim Vandenack, Standard Examiner

US Rep. Blake Moore addresses a town hall meeting at Weber High School in Pleasant View on Tuesday, November 9, 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic was a major focus of the meeting.

Moore responded, saying he prefers a “three-stage option” when dealing with COVID-19 in the workplace. Vaccination would be an option, testing for COVID-19 would be the second, and the implementation of some sort of “immunity test” to measure a person’s natural immunity to the virus would be the third.

“We could go beyond where we are now and it would bring us together instead of tearing our communities apart,” Moore said. “That is what I want.”

Another woman was totally skeptical about vaccinating. “If we hadn’t been vaccinated, we would probably be out of this pandemic. So this seems like a pandemic going on forever and I just want to say, what are you going to do?” she said.

Moore drew the line on vaccine mandates, particularly the mandate that applies to corporations. “We must be able to avoid the drastic executive measures and mandates. Does it encourage enough people to get the vaccine if you force it? Like I said, it will have the opposite effect,” he said.

But with criticism from Tuesday’s visitors so fierce about the US government’s efforts to stop COVID-19, he indicated there are limits to what he can do.

“I represent you, just communicate what we can do about this. If it goes beyond what we’re doing, we’ll find a way to keep doing that,” he said. “But we’ve made statements about it, we’ve reversed it.”

At the same time, he said he is “very supportive” of the COVID-19 vaccine. “I think it’s been proven to be safe and effective,” Moore said.

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