From QAnon adherents to “Stop the Steal” founder Ali Alexander, far-right extremists are spreading disinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine passports reportedly being considered by the Biden administration.
While White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday there will be no federal mandate requiring every American to obtain a vaccination credential, it has not stopped far-right activists from spreading disinformation and anti-vaccine propaganda on social media.
“It is essential that Georgia citizens speak loudly and often to oppose Governor Brian ‘CCP’ Kemp’s efforts to mandate a COVID vaccine passport,” wrote Lin Wood, the pro-Trump attorney turned QAnon celebrity, Monday. “No bona fide medical evidence exists to justify this blatant violation of our constitutional rights.”
Other more prominent far-right figures have also spoken out against the proposed vaccine passport, including controversial Reps. Jim Jordan and Marjorie Taylor Greene, the latter of whom statedTuesday on Twitter that the passport should be called “Biden’s Mark of the Beast” and insisted she would not comply with the proposed measure.
Other vocal opposition included Ali Alexander, the far-right organizer behind the so-called Stop the Steal movement that promoted the baseless conspiracy theory that Donald Trump won the 2020 presidential election, who compared the vaccine passport to slavery.
Opposition to the vaccine passport is the latest example of how far-right extremists are migrating from the unfounded election fraud narrative to anti-vaccine campaigns in an attempt to undermine the Biden administration. According to The New York Times, “bashing of the safety and efficacy of vaccines is occurring in chatrooms frequented by all manner of right-wing groups including the Proud Boys; the Boogaloo movement, a loose affiliation known for wanting to spark a second Civil War; and various paramilitary organizations.”
The far-right narrative that vaccinations are tools of excessive government control has also spread through QAnon channels, many of which are rallying behind politicians who oppose vaccine mandates. These include Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who announced Monday during a news conference that he planned to ban vaccine passports in his state.