Public Health Training Falsely Linked to Vaccine Outreach Campaign

After claiming that the Biden administration’s proposed door-to-door COVID-19 vaccination outreach campaign means that the federal government is tracking vaccination status and will mandate vaccines, people online are using a training course from the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium as further evidence to support this debunked conspiracy theory. The training course, “MGT 433 Isolation and Quarantine for Rural Communities,” is designed to “provide general knowledge necessary to begin planning for situations requiring the isolation and quarantine of a large portion of a local, rural population.” Several social media users and websites that have previously been shown to share misinformation are falsely suggesting that the course is foreshadowing “quarantine camps,” with some going so far as to compare it to slavery. The training course has existed for years and there is no evidence to suggest that it is in any way related to COVID-19 or the vaccine outreach campaign. Furthermore, training for public health emergencies, such as pandemics, is routine and a core function of public health.

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