New Hampshire GOP Lawmaker Claims COVID Vaccine Contains 'Living Organism' With Tentacles'

A 79-year-old Republican New Hampshire state lawmaker has claimed the COVID vaccine contains "living organism with tentacles." It does not.

Representative Ken Weyler, who has served in the state House for 30 years, recently sent his congressional colleagues a discredited, false report full of conspiracy theories, according to NHPR.

The report said that COVID-19 deaths had been caused by plotters in Vatican City, Washington D.C. and London. It also claimed that COVID-19 vaccines include "living organism(s) with tentacles."

The three main COVID-19 vaccines don't contain living organisms. They only contain sugars, acids, acid stabilizers, fats and messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA). The mRNA molecules contain genetic material that causes the body to create a viral protein that triggers an immune response.

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A Republican New Hampshire state lawmaker Ken Weyler has claimed COVID vaccine contains "living organism with tentacles." It does not. In this photo, a healthcare worker prepares to administer a Pfizer/BioNTEch coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccine. Carlos Osorio / AFP/Getty

Weyler has said he doesn't regard the federal government, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or infectious diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci as credible sources for accurate COVID-19 information.

Weyler is unvaccinated. He has said he has no intention to get vaccinated because "I've had 25 years of flu shots. I believe I have antibodies."

He is also chair of the House Finance Committee. In that role, he and other Republicans opposed his state's acceptance of $27 million in federal aid for boosting vaccination efforts. They said they didn't think the state needed the money.

"They want everybody to get the shot. Why?" Weyler asked. "Are they getting paid off by Big Pharma? Is there something in the shot that's going to help them control us? There's lots of things I'm reading that make me very suspicious."

Chris Sununu, the state's Republican governor has joined congressional Democrats in calling for GOP House leadership to strip Weyler of his position as the House's top budget writer over his conspiracy theories.

GOP House Speaker Sherman Packard has declined to do so, referring to Weyler's baseless claims as just sharing "information" with colleagues.

In mid-September, Weyler argued against his state's Health and Human Services Commissioner Lori Shibinnette during a COVID-19 hearing. Weyler accused Shibinnette of lying when she said that 90 percent of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in New Hampshire were unvaccinated.

Shibinette and other Democratic colleagues have criticized Weyler over his COVID-19 "misinformation." Shibinette said his statements discourage others from getting vaccinated, the aforementioned news outlet reported.

Democratic Rep. Mary Jane Wallner said, "The continued dissemination of disinformation on COVID from Rep. Weyler is a danger to public health in New Hampshire and to the credibility of the legislature as a whole." Wallner is also on the House Finance Committee.

New Hampshire has the 10th most vaccinated population out of all 50 U.S. states. Approximately 61.76 percent of its eligible population has been vaccinated against COVID-19.

As of October 5, New Hampshire has reported the fifth-lowest number of overall COVID-19 cases and deaths out of all 50 states. The state has reported over 122,000 COVID-19 cases and 1,485 related deaths.

Newsweek contacted Weyler's office for comment.