MILWAUKEE – Some people report the COVID-19 vaccines led to serious side effects – and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) hosted a few of them in Milwaukee on Monday, June 28.
The event drew criticism. Gov. Tony Evers (D-Wisconsin) said Sen. Johnson is being “reckless and irresponsible” — and Milwaukee’s health commissioner accused Johnson of raising “misleading concerns.”
While the senator said on Monday the vast majority of vaccines have been safely administered, he added everyone should hear from people reporting serious problems.
He handed out documents based on the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), which he says included 384,270 adverse events related to the COVID-19 vaccines, including 4,812 deaths. This database includes unverified reports from doctors and the public, which the CDC says may be “incomplete, inaccurate, coincidental, or unverifiable.”
Among those joining Sen. Johnson’s panel was Maddie de Garay, who volunteered for the Pfizer vaccine trial when she was 12 and now is in a wheelchair.
“Why is she not back to normal? She was totally fine before this. She did the right in trying to help everyone else and they’re not helping here,” said Stephanie de Garay, Maddie’s mother.