March 21, 2019 Blog, Press Release

KDP Calls on Bevin to Clarify His Position on Hepatitis A Vaccination

On Wednesday, the Kentucky Democratic Party called on Governor Matt Bevin to clarify his position on immunization for Hepatitis A. Earlier this week he made comments suggesting he may oppose vaccinations.

During a radio interview with WKCT, Bevin said he deliberately exposed all nine of his children to the chickenpox virus instead of getting them vaccinated, raising questions about whether the Governor may have objections to immunization in general or to just certain vaccines.

Kentucky is currently experiencing the worst Hepatitis A outbreak in a century, and the Bevin Administration has come under fire for failing to respond quickly. At issue, is whether a slow response in proper immunizations could be a leading factor to an outbreak that “metastasized into the nation’s largest and deadliest” across the commonwealth, according to the Courier-Journal.

“Governor Bevin needs to clarify his position on the issue of immunizations given his recent comments about the chickenpox vaccine,” said Kentucky Democratic Party spokesperson Marisa McNee. “ Kentucky is currently experiencing the worst outbreak of Hepatitis A in the country. It is a major public health risk at this point. The last thing we need is Governor Bevin suggesting that immunization is not important. Governor Bevin should reassure the public that he supports the recommendation of the entire medical community with respect to controlling an outbreak of Hepatitis A, which is immunization.”