Florida’s Collier County rejects CDC/NIH grant

Stand for Health Freedom

On February 14, 2023, the Collier County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously (5-0) to reject a $1.2 million-dollar grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including refunding the $167,000 that has already been spent. Although the grant was promoted as being for “health education,” the COVID-19 Extra Mile Migrant Farmworker grant appears to have been more focused on coercing those in poorer communities to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

And worst of all, in classic side-stepping of informed consent, the information provided about the shot made no mention of side effects or the fact that the jab does not even prevent the injected from contracting COVID-19.

Attorney Jeff Childers explained on his Substack, “the CDC’s outdated ‘education materials’ were indistinguishable from pharma marketing materials. In fact, it’s worse than that. Pharma is required by law to state their drugs’ side effects in their drug ads. But now they’ve found a way to get around that requirement: by having official U.S. government agencies do the marketing for them. It’s so simple!”

But after a presentation by health freedom advocates, “Collier’s commissioners saw right through the scheme, and appear to consider the CDC’s taxpayer-funded vaccine ‘educational materials’ are really just dressed-up pharmaceutical ‘false advertising,’” wrote Childers.

Naples Daily News reported that, “More than a dozen residents who support the Medical Freedom Sub-committee of the Collier County Republican Executive Committee attended the commission meeting. Many spoke of harms from the vaccine and deceptions by the federal government that the vaccines are safe.”

What was the grant intended to do?

Jamie Ulmer, president and CEO of the HealthCare Network (which administered the grant) spoke prior to the vote in support of keeping the CDC money. In a letter on January 23, 2022, Ulmer had assured the commissioners that the $1.2 million in NIH funds and educational materials were for educational purposes only and “…at no time are community members advised to receive care or to follow CDC guidelines such as getting vaccinated or wearing a mask” (emphasis added).

One of the health freedom advocates was Karen Kingston, a biotech analyst with over 20 years of experience. She wrote after the meeting, “I was given an opportunity to present a regulatory med-legal analysis of some of the COVID-19 materials provided by the NIH CHW [Community Health Worker] program (advocated by Mr. Ulmer as non-promotional), as well as the harmful effects of the COVID-19 injections.”

In addition to providing details about the safety signals that have been seen with the shots, she also showed that Ulmer was mistaken (or perhaps untruthful) about the purpose of the “vaccine education.”

“The NIH-funded materials clearly promote mask wearing and COVID-19 ‘vaccination’ for adults and children as young as 6 years of age,” stated Kingston.

“Commissioner Dan Kowal, a U.S. Army veteran and retired law enforcement officer, had noted that the CHW ‘educational’ materials only provided ‘favorable’ information and did not disclose the negative effects of the inoculations,” Kingston continued. “I emphasized that the CHW materials and objectives were in direct contradiction of the Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo’s recommendations against COVID-19 ‘vaccination’ of healthy male adults and children.”

Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo has recently stated that he does not recommend COVID shots for young, healthy men. He has also sent a letter to the CDC and the FDA demanding that they inform the American people about the dangers of the jab. Ladapo: “Probably most every American would be surprised to hear the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines specifically are associated with an increased risk of appendicitis, Bell’s palsy, shingles (which can be severe), change in sperm motility and sperm function and sperm count. And most recently, we are finding that they are present in breast milk.”

Ulmer said his organization has been working with Boston-based Partners in Health on the grant’s mission to educate migrant workers in Immokalee about a variety of medical issues.

Some of the grant funding was used to hire and train six community health workers from the Immokalee area and send them to the migrant camps. Ulmer said the community workers speak the same languages as the migrant workers and can “connect with them on their health.”

Beth Sherman, who also attended the meeting and is part of the Medical Freedom Subcommittee, said Partners in Health has funding support from big tech companies and pharmaceutical companies.

Local activists stand for health freedom

Another subcommittee member, Scott Kiley from Marco Island, explained that the group had learned that the Collier County Commissioners accepted a CDC grant to provide health education and health care services to the underprivileged farm workers in Immokalee. “When we researched it,” said Kiley, “we found out that the people that were providing the health care were kind of like the who’s who of the globalists, funded by Big Pharma, funded by Bill Gates, funded by George Soros and … that it was a program to get injections into arms. That’s really, at its core, what it was.”

Sherman said the health care workers were testing the migrant farm workers and “if they got a positive COVID case test back, they got between $400 and $1200. … It’s incentive to drive up the case numbers, in my opinion.”

Subcommittee member Jill Kiley added, “We felt that they were coercing people into getting vaccines instead of giving them treatments that have been out forever. They weren’t handing out therapeutics in any way to help them, so we fought back.” When asked why, she said, “Because these shots are killing people, they’re injuring people. They were also targeting a specific population which happens to be the migrant farm workers that produce food for us. So that’s a real concern, too, in terms of how they’re affecting our food chain.”

“I don’t think we should be taking any money from the government,” said Sherman, explaining that there were strings attached to the grant. The county would be forced to follow directives from the HHS and the CDC. “You would have to do isolation, quarantine, and [any] current or future directives from the HHS secretary,” Sherman said. “We just wanted to cut all ties, wash the hands clean. We don’t want any involvement from the government or the CDC. They’re not an elected body and I don’t think the citizens of the county should have to follow any directives that they request.”

Standing up pays off

“And so, our group of activists came together,” said Scott Kiley. “We fought hard and we educated the commissioners. The commissioners came around and they agreed to send the money back. All of it. It was amazing. Not only did they agree to send the amount of money they didn’t spend back, but they agreed to even reimburse for the money they spent. It was a great victory and I believe that we woke up the commissioners to what’s really going on with the COVID injections.”

“Commissioner Chris Hall made a motion to return the $1.2mm NIH grant,” added Kingston, “which was seconded by Commissioner William McDaniel. All five commissioners unanimously voted to support the motion and return the funds.”

The victory didn’t happen overnight. It took many emails and phone calls over the course of a year. “It takes a lot of people voicing their opinions to make some traction,” said Sherman. “You asked what changed in our strategy and I believe I said we put on more pressure and publicity, which is true. However, at the exact time, a group of us did a 21-day fast and prayer. Hours and hours of prayer dedicated to praying for our commissioners. This is 100% God’s win!”


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