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A councillor sparked fury by claiming he will not take the coronavirus vaccine because "it contains stem cells and tissues from aborted babies".
John Carson, who represents Mid and East Antrim in Northern Ireland, has been blasted for spreading "dangerous misinformation" while it was also rejected by the country's health authorities, Belfast Live reports.
The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) politician was asked on Facebook whether he would take the Covid-19 vaccine, with British pensioner Margaret Keenan becoming the first person in the world to take the Pfizer jab on Tuesday.
He replied: "Definitely not!"
He was asked by another social media user why some people do not want to take the vaccine and he responded: "It contains stem cells and tissue from aborted babies."
When challenged by someone else online, he replied: "I beg to differ."
The UK is set to begin a mass rollout programme of the vaccine developed by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and BioNTech.
Councillor Patricia O'Lynn, from the opposition Alliance Party, was critical of Mr Carson's comments.
She said: "Councillor Carson is more than free to decide not to take the vaccine himself, however this is dangerous misinformation which is unacceptable from anyone, but especially an elected representative in a position of responsibility and influence."
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Mr Carson sparked controversy earlier this year for claiming the pandemic, which has killed 1.57 million people worldwide, was God's judgement for Northern Ireland legalising same-sex marriage and reforms to abortion law.
He later said his online remarks were "misinterpreted" and he did not intend to cause hurt or offence, but added: "I will never apologise for my Christian faith."
A Department of Health spokesman said: "The Pfizer vaccine does not contain any human tissue.
"It should be remembered that vaccines have saved millions of lives worldwide. We need widespread take-up of the Covid-19 vaccine in Northern Ireland to protect the population, particularly older and vulnerable citizens.
"Widespread take-up will also help us move towards the easing of restrictions in society."
A DUP spokesperson said: "Everyone who is recommended to take the Covid-19 vaccine should do so in order to protect themselves and others in our community."
Mr Carson has been contacted for comment. DUP have been contacted for comment.
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