An Orange County Republican lawmaker was laughed at by a doctor after he asked whether the COVID-19 vaccine had a tracking device in it. 

“In the vaccine, we heard about the injection of a tracking device. Is that being done anywhere in Orange County?” Supervisor Don Wagner asked the county’s health care agency director, Clayton Chau.

Chau laughed before responding to Wagner, saying, “I’m sorry. I just have to compose myself. There is not a vaccine with a tracking device embedded in it that I know of that exists in the world. Period.”


The question came at an Orange County Board of Supervisors meeting where the prospect of "vaccine passports" was being discussed.

“Is there any intention of tracking folks?” Wagner asked.

“Nope,” Chau said in response.

Wagner told The Hill he asked the question in order to address the concerns of others and that he did not personally believe in the conspiracy theory.

Wagner responded to accusations that he thought there was a tracker in the vaccine saying he was addressing the concerns of others at the meeting and that he did not personally believe the conspiracy theory.

He also criticized the media for its coverage of the incident.

“In the pursuit of a cheap headline, a Scotland-based Daily Beast reporter deceived his readers. At this meeting, speakers made wild charges about vaccine ‘passports,’ forced vaccinations, travel restrictions, tracking, and that there were microchips in the vaccines . From the dais, I lead Dr. Chau through those charges and to have him debunk them,” Wagner said in a statement to The Hill.

“I knew they are not true but wanted the public to hear that directly from Dr. Chau. I got exactly the response from Dr. Chau I expected, with the same laugh at the absurdity of the charges that they deserve. He and I are in regular communication about these public myths, and when they persist for months on end, we work together to dispel them. I am in no way concerned about trackers in the vaccine and Dr. Chau knows this, as he administered my vaccine last month. I continue to encourage everybody to get vaccinated if they can,” Wagner added. 

Earlier, Wagner had tweeted about the event.


“One and done with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine! Start to finish was 45 mins. Great job @ochealth, @TustinPolice, @CityofTustin , and all the volunteers who helped vaccinate ~300 people today. (Thank you Dr. Chau for administering my shot — quick and painless.)” Wagner tweeted.