MILWAUKEE – Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson plans to host an event in Milwaukee on Monday, June 28, which will question the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine, FOX6 has learned.
The senator will be joined by those who say they have had unwanted side effects, including the wife of a former Green Bay Packers player.
Johnson has supported Operation Warp Speed, which led to the deployment of COVID-19 vaccines – but that doesn’t stop him from continuing to ask questions.
“None of us are anti-vaccines. We are all huge vaccine supporters. I have received all the vaccines, all the flu shots. I’m up to date on all of my other vaccines,” he said. Senator Johnson. “I’m glad that literally hundreds of millions of Americans have been vaccinated and protected, but I don’t think you can ignore some of the issues, some of the issues.”
Wisconsin primary care Dr Joanna Bisgrove expressed concern over the senator’s past statements about COVID-19 vaccines. “This misinformation puts people at risk and is already hurting people.”
FOX6 News asked the senator if he was concerned that his rhetoric and raising the issue would prevent people from getting vaccinated which could potentially save more lives.
“I never care to convey the truth, and there is nothing that I say that is not true, it is not information that I think the American people should have,” said Senator Johnson.
Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin)
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared the vaccines to be safe and effective with “the most intense safety surveillance in US history.”
Senator Johnson quoted the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), which lists 5,078 deaths of people who have received a COVID-19 vaccine. These are unverified reports from doctors and the public. The CDC said VAERS information could be “incomplete, inaccurate, incidental or unverifiable.”
“The VAERS system is a bit like a crowdsourcing system so that the public can report anything they think may be related to the vaccine,” explained Dr. Ajay Sethi of the Faculty of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Canada. Wisconsin-Madison. an infectious disease epidemiologist. “Someone could point out potentially false reports, but it’s really rare. The CDC said this doesn’t happen often because it’s a federal crime.
“People will report things if they are suspicious – but that doesn’t mean it’s caused by the vaccine. The system is important because you want to be able to collect this information from the people who are getting the vaccine, from their providers. health care., their family members, but a lot of investigation is needed after the CDC obtains this data to really determine if there is anything causal. “
CDC reports more than 320 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered, which means that if all the 5,078 VAERS deaths were later found to be causally related to the shooting, it would be 0.001%. Johns Hopkins University finds COVID-19 itself is much deadlier in the United States, killing 1.8% of those infected.
“There are occasional side effects. They were very mild. And the risk of dying from COVID, if you are not vaccinated or if you have long distance syndrome is much higher than any type of problem that people have. patients have side effects, ”said UW Primary Health Care Dr. Jeff Huebner.
Almost all COVID-19 deaths in the United States are now in people who have not been vaccinated, says an Associated Press analysis.
Analysis of government data available from May showed that “breakthrough” infections in fully vaccinated people accounted for about 0.1% of hospitalizations and 0.8% of COVID-19-related deaths.
The Wisconsin senator himself has not received a COVID-19 vaccine, citing his high level of antibodies. The CDC still recommends that anyone who can, including those who have had COVID-19 in the past, get the vaccine.
Senator Johnson has said he wants to shed some light on these effects.
“All these people ask is to be seen, to be heard and to be believed. To be taken seriously,” Johnson said.
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Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame member Ken Ruettgers said his wife had severe neurological reactions four days after her first dose of COVID-19 vaccine – including muscle pain, numbness and weakness. He tells FOX6 that she is still having problems, several months after the incident. On Monday, they will share this story, alongside the senator, in Milwaukee.