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Wales legislator out of hospital after COVID-19; still speak out against vaccine

Four days after taking office for a second term as state representative last December, Wales Republican Randall Greenwood answered a question he posted on Facebook: “Will you take the coronavirus vaccine when it becomes available?”

State Representative Randall Greenwood, R-Wales, posted this profile picture on Facebook a few months ago. Submitted photo

His answer? “Not really.”

After nearly a year of repeatedly raising doubts and questions about the vaccine for COVID-19, which data indicates is highly effective and safe, Greenwood became ill with the disease in late October.

According to friends, the 48-year-old small business owner and father of three ended up on a ventilator during a 12-day stay at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. He recovered so well that the doctors cleared the way for him to return home last week.

Greenwood, who could not be reached by the Sun Journal for comment in the past two weeks, told the Bangor Daily News he was having a “rough attack” with COVID-19.

Despite his experience with COVID-19, he is not ready to get the vaccine touted by public health experts around the world as the best way to avoid being struck by the deadly virus that will fuel the current pandemic in the winter of 2020. has caused.

“I still think there may be bad side effects from the vaccination,” Greenwood told Bangor newspaper. “The more research I do, the more I’m not sure whether vaccination is the right choice.”

There is no peer-reviewed research to suggest that vaccination is a bad choice. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and medical and public health organizations have recommended that, except for a small number of medically vulnerable people, everyone should be vaccinated.

The New York Times has compiled nationwide statistics showing that unvaccinated people are six times more likely to get COVID-19, and 12 times more likely to die from it, than people who have been vaccinated.

dr. Nirav Shah, chief of Maine’s Center for Disease Control & Prevention, said Monday that Maine set a new record for the number of COVID-19-related hospitalizations, with 275 cases, including 74 in intensive care. Thirty-four are on a ventilator, he said.

“What is driving transmission right now is groups of unvaccinated people,” said Shah, who has encouraged Mainers to get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Greenwood has posted on his public Facebook page many times over the past year, downplaying the seriousness and threat of COVID-19, fighting mask mandates and questioning the need for vaccines.

Last month, State Representative Randall Greenwood posted on Facebook about his opposition to mandatory vaccines. Submitted photo

In March he posted: ‘People don’t really care that you don’t wear a mask. If it was such a big deal, they’d just stay away from you.”

Greenwood continued, “They hate your disobedience. They resent that your strength sheds light on their weakness.”

Facebook removed some of its other comments because it determined they were untrue, and posted warnings on some of the comments to try to lead people into facts about masks and vaccines.

Mixed in with his anti-vaccination and anti-masking comments were posts advocating Republican proposals to counter the measures Democrat Governor Janet Mills has taken to try to limit the number of COVID-19 cases in Maine.

While it’s impossible to say its mandates and rules are the reason, there are only two states in the country that have had a lower rate of COVID-19 per capita than Maine since the start of the pandemic: Vermont and Hawaii, which have had restrictive rules similar to those imposed in Maine.

Greenwood is a second term legislator who has historically served as Commissioner of Androscoggin County and a local officer in Wales. He urged residents in September to sign a petition asking Regional School Unit 4, which includes the towns of Litchfield, Sabattus and Wales, to avoid a universal masking requirement.


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