Niagara Falls Mayor’s post about kids vaccine clinics draws angry anti-vaxxers

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Published December 3, 2021 at 2:19 pm

A simple Facebook post by Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati explaining when and where kids clinics were set up for the COVID-19 vaccines brought an angry and vocal mob of anti-vaxxers out.

Diodati simply posted the government notice and offered up when times and dates for upcoming kid clinics at MacBain Community Centre and Canada One Outlet Mall with a link to the provincial appointment booking site.

The first poster out of the gate asked Diodati when he was getting his children vaccinated since he was “promoting it.”

Diodati calmly responded that his kids were 15, 18 and 20, all of whom were fully-vaccinated. “I was simply sharing for those in (Niagara Falls) who are interested in this information.” (Wisely, from that point, he simply removed himself and let people speak their minds.)

While the post got 32 likes, two hearts and one hug, it also saw nine angry emoticons, two sad and one laughing. And, as usual, the angry voices were the loudest.

“U should go to jail for posting this. They tested it on animals not kids. Shame on u.” said one, with another replying she couldn’t agree more.

“Why are you promoting this?! Did you know kids have literally 0% chance of dying from (COVID-19)?! Very disappointed in you. Thought you were better than this,” said another.

Another noted: “Our children are not guinea pigs!!”

And, of course, the conspiracy theories got trotted out. “Governments on all levels are being paid incentives to promote it. It’s all about money. Hasn’t said a peep about anything. Except open the borders and stores. Because it’s the only industry Niagara Falls has left. How many local people have lost their jobs because of this.”

Oddly, the exactly post on Diodati’s Twitter the same day drew just one response. “Myocarditis, pericarditis, heart attacks, strokes, seizures just in time for Christmas. God help you for pushing this.”

Ironically, Diodati has been the most vocal of all Niagara Region’s mayors on reopening the borders and lowering restrictions of his city’s businesses.

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