Sherri Tenpenny - Wikipedia

Anti-vaccination activist

Sherri Tenpenny

Years active1986-present
Known forAnti-vaccine activism

Notable work

Saying No to Vaccines

Sherri Tenpenny is an American anti-vaccination activist who supports the disproved hypothesis that vaccines cause autism.[1] An osteopathic physician, she is the author of four books opposing vaccination, and her 2015 lecture tour of Australia was cancelled due to a public outcry over her views on vaccination, which go against the established scientific consensus.[1]

Education and career

Tenpenny graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toledo in 1980 and received a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri in 1984.[2]

From 1986 to 1998, Tenpenny was the director of the emergency department at Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay, Ohio. She opened an osteopathic practice in 1994 and went on to establish two more practices in 1996 and 2011.[3]

Tenpenny had scheduled a speaking tour in Australia to occur starting in February 2015, but in January, after objections were raised to her anti-vaccination views, all the venues at which she was scheduled to speak cancelled the talks, and the tour was called off.[4][5] Tenpenny has been criticized by the Stop The Australian Anti-Vaccination Network for "endangering people's health" and "targeting vulnerable parents".[3]

Since 2017, Tenpenny and her business partner, Matthew Hunt, have taught a six-week, $623 course titled "Mastering Vaccine Info Boot Camp" designed to "sow seeds of doubt" regarding public health information. During the course, Tenpenny explains her views on the immune system and vaccines, and Hunt instructs participants on how best to use persuasion tactics in conversation to communicate the information.[6]

COVID-19 misinformation

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Tenpenny advocated against the use of face coverings as a mitigation tool[7] despite scientific evidence in favour of their effectiveness.[8][9][10][11][12]

A Facebook page managed by Tenpenny was deactivated in December 2020 as part of the social network's efforts to reduce the amount of misinformation.[13] Nevertheless, a March 2021 analysis of Twitter and Facebook anti-vaccine content found Tenpenny to be one of 12 individual and organization accounts producing up to 65% of all anti-vaccine content on the platforms.[14] Some of her interviews with anti-vaccination activists and conspiracy theorists have attracted a large audience on Rumble, a video-sharing platform that doesn't have policies against disinformation.[15]

Despite her prolific promotion of disinformation, her Tenpenny Integrative Medical Center received a federal loan of $72,000 as part of the Paycheck Protection Program during the pandemic.[13]

In a February 2021 video, Tenpenny falsely stated that COVID-19 vaccines cause death and autoimmune diseases, saying "Some people are going to die from the vaccine directly, but a large number of people are going to start getting horribly sick and get all kinds of autoimmune diseases, 42 days to maybe a year out." However, there is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 vaccines cause autoimmune diseases or death.[16][17]

Published works


  1. ^ a b "Anti-vaccination views are misguided - but not illegal". The Sydney Morning Herald. 9 January 2015. Archived from the original on 28 March 2021 . Retrieved 28 March 2021 .
  2. ^ Tenpenny, Sherri. "Sherri J. Tenpenny, DO, AOBNMM (CV)" (PDF) . Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 February 2015 . Retrieved 9 February 2015 .
  3. ^ a b "Sherri Tenpenny: Who is the controversial anti-vaccination campaigner planning to visit Australia?". ABC News. 7 January 2015. Archived from the original on 17 January 2015 . Retrieved 28 March 2021 .
  4. ^ Medew, Julia (29 January 2015). "US anti-vaccination campaigner Dr Sherri Tenpenny cancels tour of Australia". Brisbane Times. Archived from the original on 28 March 2021 . Retrieved 28 March 2021 .
  5. ^ Milman, Oliver (7 January 2015). "Sydney venue cancels seminar by US anti-vaccine activist Sherri Tenpenny". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 17 January 2015 . Retrieved 28 March 2021 .
  6. ^ Pedersen, Katie; Szeto, Eric; Tomlinson, Asha (26 March 2021). "Marketplace attended a COVID-19 conspiracy boot camp to see how instructors are targeting vaccine skeptics". Archived from the original on 27 March 2021 . Retrieved 28 March 2021 .
  7. ^ "Dr. Sherri Tenpenny - Face Masks Are Not Effective Against COVID-19: How Masks Are Being Used To Control The Population". Digital Freedom Platform. 2020-07-28 . Retrieved 2020-09-27 .
  8. ^ Offeddu, Vittoria; Yung, Chee Fu; Low, Mabel Sheau Fong; Tam, Clarence C. (2017-11-13). "Effectiveness of Masks and Respirators Against Respiratory Infections in Healthcare Workers: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis". Clinical Infectious Diseases. 65 (11): 1934–1942. doi:10.1093/cid/cix681. ISSN 1058-4838. PMC 7108111 . PMID 29140516.
  9. ^ Long, Youlin; Hu, Tengyue; Liu, Liqin; Chen, Rui; Guo, Qiong; Yang, Liu; Cheng, Yifan; Huang, Jin; Du, Liang (2020-03-13). "Effectiveness of N95 respirators versus surgical masks against influenza: A systematic review and meta‐analysis". Journal of Evidence-Based Medicine. 13 (2): 93–101. doi:10.1111/jebm.12381. ISSN 1756-5391. PMC 7228345 . PMID 32167245.
  10. ^ Eikenberry, Steffen E.; Mancuso, Marina; Iboi, Enahoro; Phan, Tin; Eikenberry, Keenan; Kuang, Yang; Kostelich, Eric; Gumel, Abba B. (2020-01-01). "To mask or not to mask: Modeling the potential for face mask use by the general public to curtail the COVID-19 pandemic". Infectious Disease Modelling. 5: 293–308. arXiv:2004.03251 . doi:10.1016/j.idm.2020.04.001. ISSN 2468-0427. PMC 7186508 . PMID 32355904.
  11. ^ Cheng, Vincent Chi-Chung; Wong, Shuk-Ching; Chuang, Vivien Wai-Man; So, Simon Yung-Chun; Chen, Jonathan Hon-Kwan; Sridhar, Siddharth; To, Kelvin Kai-Wang; Chan, Jasper Fuk-Woo; Hung, Ivan Fan-Ngai; Ho, Pak-Leung; Yuen, Kwok-Yung (2020-07-01). "The role of community-wide wearing of face mask for control of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) epidemic due to SARS-CoV-2". Journal of Infection. 81 (1): 107–114. doi:10.1016/j.jinf.2020.04.024. ISSN 0163-4453. PMC 7177146 . PMID 32335167.
  12. ^ Lyu, Wei; Wehby, George L. (2020-06-16). "Community Use Of Face Masks And COVID-19: Evidence From A Natural Experiment Of State Mandates In The US". Health Affairs. 39 (8): 1419–1425. doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2020.00818 . ISSN 0278-2715. PMID 32543923. S2CID 219724836.
  13. ^ a b Dwoskin, Elizabeth; Gregg, Aaron (18 January 2021). "The Trump administration bailed out prominent anti-vaccine groups during a pandemic". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 18 January 2021 . Retrieved 28 March 2021 .
  14. ^ Srikanth, Anagha (24 March 2021). "12 prominent people opposed to vaccines are responsible for two-thirds of anti-vaccine content online: report". The Hill. Archived from the original on 25 March 2021 . Retrieved 25 March 2021 .
  15. ^ Mak, Aaron (18 March 2021). "Where Anti-Vaccine Propaganda Went When YouTube Banned It". Slate . Retrieved 29 March 2021 .
  16. ^ Funke, Daniel (4 March 2021). "COVID-19 vaccine does not cause death, autoimmune diseases". PolitiFact. Archived from the original on 27 March 2021 . Retrieved 28 March 2021 .
  17. ^ Kasprak, Alex (1 March 2021). "Will mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines Wreak 'Havoc on The Lungs' in 4 to 14 Months?". Archived from the original on 28 March 2021 . Retrieved 28 March 2021 .

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