Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility
Fresno School Trustee Celebrates Anti-Vaxxers' Infertility in Tweet
gvw_nancy_price
By Nancy Price, Multimedia Journalist
Published 2 years ago on
January 28, 2022

Share

 

Fresno Unified Board Clerk Veva Islas raised a few eyebrows this week with a tweet that says she’s happy if vaccination opponents infected with COVID-19 may be briefly unable to have children.

Islas, a public health advocate who heads Cultiva La Salud, a nonprofit for health equity in the Valley, tweeted Wednesday on her personal Twitter account about how new data should allay concerns that the COVID-19 vaccination may cause infertility.

Those concerns have been cited by many vaccination opponents, including Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Her tweet also says the same study showed that a recent COVID-19 infection could have short-term impacts on a man’s ability to “conceive.”

The tweet’s final sentence celebrated the potential brief infertility of unvaccinated men infected with COVID-19: “While short-term, any limitation on an anti-vaxers (cq) ability to reproduce is a win!” The sentence was followed by emojis of clinking glasses, applause hands, and a hypodermic needle.

Islas did not return a telephone call Thursday seeking comment from GV Wire.

‘Don’t Inflame the Differences’

Tom Holyoke, a political science professor at Fresno State, told GV Wire that he hopes public officials will be more judicious in their public comments on divisive issues such as the COVID-19 vaccine.

“In difficult times like these, elected officials should be careful about what they say and not inflame the differences between those who are vaccinated and those who are resisting the vaccine,” he said Thursday.

Officials need to be sensitive to those who are vaccine-hesitant because they may have been exposed to and believe reports from questionable sources saying that the vaccine can rewrite a person’s DNA or cause other harm, he said.

“Just because someone is not vaccinated doesn’t make them an anti-vaxxer,” he said. “They may not have had time yet to be vaccinated or may be ill-informed.”

Public Officials’ Comments Are Public Domain

And, Holyoke said Veva’s tweet on her personal Twitter account, which is blocked to some users, is part of the “public domain” since she is a public official as a member of the Fresno Unified School Board.

He said he wasn’t sure how such tweets might affect Islas’ upcoming re-election bid. The McLane High Area 4 Trustee seat is on the November ballot.

“It’s possible an opponent could use this against her,” Holyoke said.

Islas has a history of controversial tweets, including her 2021 flame war with local conservative leader Michael Der Manouel Jr. in which they called each other a racist.

RELATED TOPICS:

DON'T MISS

Did Biden Do Right by Dropping Out? Valley Leaders Share Their Views

DON'T MISS

With Biden Out, Vice President Kamala Harris Has a Chance to Make History Again

DON'T MISS

‘Cold-Blooded’ Nancy Pelosi Was Key to Nudging Biden Out

DON'T MISS

Democrats Hail Biden’s Decision to Not Seek Reelection While Republicans Urge Him to Resign

DON'T MISS

Where Kamala Harris Stands on the Issues: Abortion, Immigration and More

DON'T MISS

How Will Democrats Replace Biden at the Top of the Presidential Ticket?

DON'T MISS

Tadej Pogacar Wins 3rd Tour de France in Dominating Fashion

DON'T MISS

What Happens Next: Joe Biden Wants To Pass the Baton to Kamala Harris

DON'T MISS

Pro-Lifers Helped Bring Trump to Power. Why Has He Abandoned Us?

DON'T MISS

Xander the Great! Schauffele Wins the British Open for His 2nd Major This Year

UP NEXT

UC Merced Finally Annexed Into City Limits After Two Decades

UP NEXT

Donors Challenged Fresno Pacific to Match Their $1.5M Gift. Was the Goal Reached?

UP NEXT

Ten Commandments Won’t Go in Louisiana Classrooms Until at Least November as Lawsuit Plays Out

UP NEXT

911 Systems Disrupted in at Least 3 States

UP NEXT

Mourners Gather for Funeral of Man Slain at Trump Rally in Pennsylvania

UP NEXT

University of California Regents Ban Political Statements on University Online Homepages

UP NEXT

Challengers, Incumbents File Early in Fresno-Area School Board Races

UP NEXT

Widespread Technology Outage Disrupts Flights, Banks, Media Outlets and Companies Around the World

UP NEXT

Clovis Unified Bond Measure Would Modernize 67-Year-Old School, Complete Brand-New Campus

UP NEXT

Founder of Fandango Dies After Plunge From Manhattan Hotel

Nancy Price,
Multimedia Journalist
Nancy Price is a multimedia journalist for GV Wire. A longtime reporter and editor who has worked for newspapers in California, Florida, Alaska, Illinois and Kansas, Nancy joined GV Wire in July 2019. She previously worked as an assistant metro editor for 13 years at The Fresno Bee. Nancy earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Her hobbies include singing with the Fresno Master Chorale and volunteering with Fresno Filmworks. You can reach Nancy at 559-492-4087 or Send an Email

Democrats Hail Biden’s Decision to Not Seek Reelection While Republicans Urge Him to Resign

16 hours ago

Where Kamala Harris Stands on the Issues: Abortion, Immigration and More

16 hours ago

How Will Democrats Replace Biden at the Top of the Presidential Ticket?

17 hours ago

Tadej Pogacar Wins 3rd Tour de France in Dominating Fashion

17 hours ago

What Happens Next: Joe Biden Wants To Pass the Baton to Kamala Harris

17 hours ago

Pro-Lifers Helped Bring Trump to Power. Why Has He Abandoned Us?

17 hours ago

Xander the Great! Schauffele Wins the British Open for His 2nd Major This Year

18 hours ago

Biden Drops Out of Race, Scrambling the Campaign for the White House

18 hours ago

President Joe Biden Drops Out of the 2024 Presidential Race

18 hours ago

Protecting Domestic Wells a Key Piece of Southern Fresno County Groundwater Agency’s Planning

24 hours ago

Did Biden Do Right by Dropping Out? Valley Leaders Share Their Views

With news that President Joe Biden had dropped out of the race, leaders at the local, state, and national levels reacted — with some Republi...

15 hours ago

15 hours ago

Did Biden Do Right by Dropping Out? Valley Leaders Share Their Views

16 hours ago

With Biden Out, Vice President Kamala Harris Has a Chance to Make History Again

Photo of Nancy Pelosi
16 hours ago

‘Cold-Blooded’ Nancy Pelosi Was Key to Nudging Biden Out

16 hours ago

Democrats Hail Biden’s Decision to Not Seek Reelection While Republicans Urge Him to Resign

16 hours ago

Where Kamala Harris Stands on the Issues: Abortion, Immigration and More

17 hours ago

How Will Democrats Replace Biden at the Top of the Presidential Ticket?

17 hours ago

Tadej Pogacar Wins 3rd Tour de France in Dominating Fashion

17 hours ago

What Happens Next: Joe Biden Wants To Pass the Baton to Kamala Harris

Search

Send this to a friend