The Anti-vaxxer, a controversial Italian blogger who writes about debunked evidence-free arguments about vaccines and is especially committed to the right-wing politics of Donald Trump, took his campaign of fearmongering a step further on Tuesday by traveling to a day-care center wearing an arm made out of fake silicon for vaccination appointments.
Mr. Golding, who said he was waiting for the inoculation of his 7-month-old baby, said he had decided on Tuesday to walk the 60-foot distance from his home in Lake Maggiore on the Italian lake Amalfi to a preschool in Venice for a vaccination appointment. When an adult brought the 5-year-old child in from the street, Mr. Golding did not hesitate to engage the woman in conversation.
“She was a bit open when I spoke to her,” he said in an interview. “I told her, ‘I will not vaccinate my kid because of your anti-vaccine stance.’ I believe that if you remain anti-vaccine, it’s very dangerous for children.”
“I was not really waiting in line for the vaccinations,” he said. “There were few people there, not like everywhere in Italy.”
A few people mentioned Mr. Golding’s situation to her, and Mr. Golding said he felt “ridiculous” about being cited because of his political views.
“I want to get vaccinated, but I’m being confronted by political opponents,” he said. “I felt a bit embarrassed.”
Mr. Golding’s mother said he was following his blog, “The Anti-vaxxer in America.” His mother said he had moved to Italy in January but did not know the child’s vaccination history.
He is known for his belief that personal choice should outweigh medical advice about vaccines and that his views are merely evidence of his own expertise in the field. Earlier this year, he proposed an online list for parents so they could find out what they had to do to get their children vaccinated.
In July, Mr. Golding was investigated by an Italian magazine, which criticized him for promoting a dangerous myth. The blog, where Mr. Golding is listed as “Doctor Michael Sam,” has a “Get out” button with information for parents about when to stop vaccinating their children.