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New Report Details Scrapped HHS Covid Vaccine Campaign Involving Santa Performers

Added 10-25-20 03:34:02pm EST - “A new report from The Wall Street Journal details a public service campaign floated at the Department of Health and Human Services that has since been scrapped ?" a campaign that involved Santa Claus p” - Mediaite.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Mediaite.com: “New Report Details Scrapped HHS Covid Vaccine Campaign Involving Santa Performers”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A new report from The Wall Street Journal details a public service campaign floated at the Department of Health and Human Services that has since been scrapped — a campaign that involved Santa Claus performers.

The Journal reports that Michael Caputo — who has since left HHS — “wanted the Santa performers to promote the benefits of a Covid-19 vaccination and, in exchange, offered them early vaccine access ahead of the general public.”

The paper actually has audio of a call Caputo had with Ric Erwin, chairman of the Fraternal Order of Real Bearded Santas, in which he said, “If you and your colleagues are not essential workers, I don’t know what is.”

Erwin has since told the Journal the news it’s being scrapped “extremely disappointing” and that “this was our greatest hope for Christmas 2020, and now it looks like it won’t happen.”

The department said in a statement that Secretary Alex Azar “ordered a strategic review of this public health education campaign that will be led by top public health and communications experts to determine whether the campaign serves important public health purposes.”

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