Far-right senator ignoring party leaders’ anti-vax stance


Paul Frentrop, FvD faction leader in the Dutch Senate, ignored party leader Thierry Baudet’s call to avoid getting vaccinated against Covid-19. Questioned by his former party colleague Henk Otten during a debate on Tuesday, Frentrop said he had been vaccinated. “I think it’s a sensible thing to do, in part because of my weight,” he said, according to NOS. “I am not a doctor and I would advise against seeking medical advice from a party leader.”

Baudet, founder of the FvD and leader of the parliamentary faction, has repeatedly stated that vaccines do not work, even calling them “life threatening”. The question has been a key position for Baudet, which makes it all the more surprising that he and Frentrop do not agree.

In a response, Baudet confirmed that he and Frentrop do indeed disagree “on the benefits and risks of corona vaccines”, but that each is free to choose. “FvD is in favor of maximum freedom to decide on your own body,” he said, according to NOS.

The Eerste Kamer, the Dutch Senate, is debating a legislative proposal to extend coronavirus access passes to non-essential stores and services – clothing stores and hairdressers, for example. The Tweede Kamer, the lower house of the Dutch parliament, passed the bill earlier this month.

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