Allen West Backs 'Other' COVID Protocols, Says People Shouldn't Be Forced to Take Shot

Texas gubernatorial candidate Allen West has said people should be "aware" of "protocols" for the treatment of COVID-19 and that nobody should be forced to take the vaccine.

West, who served as chairman of the Texas Republican Party from 2020 to 2021, shared a video message on Facebook on Monday after he returned home from hospital, where he received treatment for the virus.

He had previously said he was taking "Hydroxychloroquine and Ivermectin protocols" through a statement issued via his Twitter account on October 9. Neither drug is recommended to treat COVID-19.

West, who is unvaccinated, thanked the staff at Medical City Plano, an acute care facility, after explaining that he had been discharged and was now back at home.

He said he had received "monoclonal infusion therapy" and thanked frontline doctors for "recommending protocols to make sure I was on the right track."

"One of the things that I've learned—there's so many other protocols out there that we should be recommending to people," West went on.

"This should not be about forcing people to take a certain shot but we should be offering and making sure that people are aware of all of these protocols that are out there," he said.

"And that's one of the things I'm gonna be committed to doing," West said. "I want to make sure that the Texas Medical Board, Texas Nursing Board, Texas Pharmacy Board, never interfere and get in the way of what's best for you and your relationship with your doctor and your body.

"That's the key thing I've learned," he said. "Now I will tell you, I'm looking forward to getting back out there."

West is challenging Texas Governor Greg Abbott for the Republican gubernatorial nomination. He said he would need some time to rest and recuperate but his campaign would be doing "a lot of things virtually."

Toward the end of the video, West told viewers: "Do not fear COVID" and then quoted from the Bible.

West was a member of the House of Representatives for Florida's 22nd congressional district from 2011 to 2013 and later relocated to Texas, where he was elected chair of the state GOP in July 2020. He resigned from that post in July this year.

Abbott issued an executive order on Monday prohibiting any entity in Texas, including private businesses, from compelling "receipt of a COVID-19 vaccine by any individual, including an employee or a consumer, who objects to such vaccination for any reason of personal conscience, based on a religious belief, or for medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19."

Abbott also issued a statement saying: "The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced."

West had criticized COVID-19 vaccines while in hospital, saying that if he becomes governor he will "vehemently crush anyone forcing vaccine mandates in the Lone Star State."

Allen West Attends a Townhall Meeting
Former Rep. Allen West (R-FL) listens during a Tea Party Town Hall meeting February 8, 2011 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. West has been discharged from hospital following a COVID-19 diagnosis. Alex Wong/Getty Images