On Wednesday, he urged people to get vaccinated, but said he would never force vaccinations.
“Unvaccinated Missourians are the main target of this new strain,” he said of the spreading delta variant. “The vaccine has been shown to be safe and effective against him. “
“Turn off the clutter”
Parson, during the press conference held on Capitol Hill, also criticized social media platforms for spreading “disinformation” about vaccines.
“I ask you to turn off the clutter,” Parson said. “What we need now is good information. “
Later, however, he accused the Post-Dispatch, the Kansas City Star, and the Missouri Independent of spreading “propaganda.” Parson, who cited no examples, often complains about the media coverage of his administration.
A spokeswoman for the governor did not respond to a request for examples of media coverage he disagrees with.
The new health director, meanwhile, also said people need to find specific sources of information about vaccinations.
“Don’t look at social media,” Kauerauf said.
Kauerauf replaces Williams, who began his role in 2017 as a person appointed by former governor Eric Greitens.