#SilencedVoices: Vaccine-damaged Americans Tearfully Describe SEVERE Side Effects After Taking Covid Vaccine On Sen. Ron Johnson’s ‘Give an Ear’ Panel (2022)

Vaccine-damaged Americans described suffering severe adverse reactions as a result of taking a Covid-19 shot during a press conference in Wisconsin Monday.

In footage from an event held in Milwaukee by Sen. Ron Johnson (R), multiple citizens gave devastating testimony recounting how the Covid-19 vaccine left them with possibly life-long debilitating health issues.

All they are asking for is the chance to be seen, heard and believed. They were first in line to get the vaccine, even participating in clinical trials. But now they say the medical community has turned their back on them after adverse reactions.https://t.co/Nq5dn0IdV0

— Senator Ron Johnson (@SenRonJohnson) June 29, 2021

After being part of a Covid vaccine trial for 12-15 year-olds, Maddie has been to the ER 9 times and hospitalized 3 times for a total of 2 months.

Doctors even wanted to put her in a mental hospital saying her symptoms were caused by anxiety. pic.twitter.com/roWxQFMGrK

— Senator Ron Johnson (@SenRonJohnson) June 29, 2021

Dental hygienist Kristi Dobbs gave emotional testimony about suffering multiple health issues since getting the vaccine.

In January, my life changed drastically.

Immediately after the injection, I felt an odd tingling-type dripping sensation in my arm. I had immediate heart palpitations and a feeling as if I was going to pass out. I’m so sick and my blood pressure reading was so high that I don’t know how I didn’t have a stroke. I cannot quote what it was, but as a hygienist I take blood pressure readings on my patients before I treat them, my adult patients, and it was so high that I was scared in that moment that something was happening to me. I did eventually stabilize. They monitored me for the 15 minutes and then an extra 30 minutes after, and I did stabilize so they went on ahead and sent me home.

When I got home I felt a little, you know, woozy, a little dizzy. The next couple of days I just had a headache and just kind of that feeling of unwell. All of the things that I had signed up for to get the vaccine, but it was three days later that my symptoms increased and accelerated.

I had a sharp stabbing pain in my scapula area that was just this intermittent, like a knife-stabbing pain. I had tingling and numbness throughout my body. It ran down both my arms. I also still had the heart palpitations. I had these internal vibrations, and the only way I can explain the internal vibrations is it feels like you have this little electric shock running through your body, like you’re stuck in a vibrating chair, like glued into it and it never stops. I have tremors in my hands, which has made me leery if I’ll ever be able to practice as a hygienist again. And like Sheryl, I am so fearful that I may have some sort of neurological issue after this with Parkinson’s; they have ruled out MS, but again they have not told me that I have anything. They can tell me what I don’t have. I have swollen lymph nodes, brain fog, I had brain fog so extreme that I would be having a conversation with someone and I would black out, try to come back to that conversation and nothing was there. Swollen lymph nodes, muscle weakness, unexplained skin rashes.

I had convulsions and nighttime seizures. I had to have my six-year-old daughter wake me up from a fit in the middle of the night. No six-year-old should have to do that for their parent. I have also experienced thick clotting, heavy menstrual cycles. I was so afraid that I literally, and I have it with me, I prepared my will and my obituary for my family because I didn’t think that I would wake up to the next day.

Ohio resident Stephanie de Garay, who signed her three kids up in Pfizers 12-15-year-old clinical trial, also appeared with her 12-year-old daughter Maddie to describe how the vaccine left her otherwise healthy, normal child wheelchair-bound.

My name is Stephanie and this is my daughter Maddie and we live in Ohio.

On January 20th, Maddie received her second dose of the Pfizer Covid vaccine as a participant in the clinical trial for 12 to 15 year olds.

All three of our kids volunteered and we’re excited to participate in the trial as a way to help us all return to normal life. My husband works in the medical field and I have a degree in electrical engineering. We are pro-vaccine and pro-science, which is why we agreed to let Maddie and her two older brothers volunteer for the trial.

Before Maddie got her final dose of the vaccine, she was a healthy 12-year-old who got straight A’s and had lots of friends. She had a life. She was energetic. She was not like this, although she does still have lots of friends. Upon receiving the second shot, Maddie immediately felt pain at the injection site and over the next 24-hours she developed severe abdominal and chest pain, and the way she described the chest pain, and I quote, ‘It feels like my heart is being ripped out through my neck.’ She had painful electrical shocks down her neck and spine that forced her to walk hunched over. She had extreme pain in her fingers and toes; it actually made them turn white and they were cold whenever you touched them. She had edema, so my husband immediately took her to the ER as instructed by the vaccine trial nurse administrator, which is what we were instructed to do. Her blood was taken for a renal profile and tested. She was checked for appendicitis, which she did not have, and given an IV with some medicine, then sent home. However, in the discharge papers from the children’s hospital ER that she went to, the diagnosis stated ‘Adverse effect of vaccine initial encounter.’ This would be the only time that that was written in her medical charts, but it’s in there.

Over the next two and a half months her abdominal muscle and nerve pain became unbearable. She developed additional symptoms that included gastroparesis, nausea and vomiting, erratic blood pressure, and heart rate, memory loss; she mixes up words, brain fog, headaches, dizziness, fainting – she fell and hit her head – and then seizures. She had verbal… she developed verbal and motor tics. She had loss of feeling from the waist down and muscle weakness, drastic changes in her vision, urinary retention, and loss of bladder control, severely irregular and heavy menstrual cycles and eventually she had to have an NG tube put in to get nutrition. All of these symptoms are still here today, some days are worse than others. Our greatest challenge came when her doctors began to consider an alternative diagnosis… well she really didn’t have one before so it was the first one. So, like everybody else she had lots of tests, but not nearly as many tests as everybody else, and she’s a child. Why didn’t they do all those tests on her? Sorry… So because they couldn’t figure it out one physician labeled her as having ‘functional neurologic disorder,’ saying it was due to anxiety. This concerned us, and we didn’t agree with it because she doesn’t have anxiety. Look at her. I mean what 13-year-old can sit here calmly if they have anxiety or mental issues? At one point they even tried to admit her to a mental hospital. So we did seek additional medical opinions some of which came from this group.

In June, we connected her neurologist with another doctor that’s doing research on adverse reactions like Maddie’s. She was finally provided, but they finally gave her an MRI of her brain, an MRV and a bunch of additional blood tests. It took five months to get that done. Over the past five months Maddie has been into the ER nine times and has been hospitalized three times for a total of two months in the hospital.

What I want to ask, Maddie volunteered for the Pfizer trial, why aren’t they researching her to figure out why this happened so other people don’t have to go through this? Instead they’re just saying it’s mental. If anybody’s mental, it’s me. So today our journey as parents to help our daughter Maddie continues. All we want is for Maddie to be seen heard and believed, because she has not been and we want her to get the care she desperately needs so that she can go back to normal. Why is she not back to normal? She was totally fine before this. She did the right thing trying to help everybody else and they’re not helping her.

Thanks.

Sen. Johnson also tweeted out some testimonials from Monday’s press conference.

Former Green Bay Packers player Ken Ruettgers and his wife Sheryl led off today's news conference with Sheryl's experience of severe neurological reactions to the vaccine and their feeling of being "ghosted" by drug companies when they try to report these injuries. pic.twitter.com/H040yYt0Xy

— Senator Ron Johnson (@SenRonJohnson) June 29, 2021

Candace Hayden says her doctor told her "get used to being handicapped."

She was hospitalized for a month with partial paralysis after her second vaccine shot and still needs a walker.

She remains pro-vaccine.

She just wants to be seen, heard and believed. pic.twitter.com/lxFWCrjpqi

— Senator Ron Johnson (@SenRonJohnson) June 28, 2021

They just want to be seen, heard and believed.

Brianne Dressen jumped at the chance to be in the clinical trial for the Covid vaccine.

Now she says she is "collateral damage of the pandemic." pic.twitter.com/0qk9p4kk5Y

— Senator Ron Johnson (@SenRonJohnson) June 28, 2021

Kristi Dobbs feels like she is trapped in the movie Groundhog Day, waking up every day to severe neurological conditions since getting her Covid vaccine.

All she wants is a pathway back to health and to be believed. pic.twitter.com/0KLBz7u6fH

— Senator Ron Johnson (@SenRonJohnson) June 29, 2021

FAQs

What are the most common adverse reactions to the covid-19 vaccine? ›

The most frequent adverse reactions in trials were pain at the injection site, fatigue, headache, myalgia (muscle pains), chills, arthralgia (joint pains), and fever; these were each reported in more than 1 in 10 people.

In general, how long do COVID-19 vaccine side effects usually last? ›

Side effects generally go away in a few days. Even if you dont experience any side effects, your body is building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19. Adverse events (serious health problems) are rare but can cause long-term health problems.

Are there any side effects from the COVID-19 vaccines? ›

Like all medicines, the COVID-19 vaccines can cause side effects, but not everyone gets them. Most side effects are mild and should not last longer than a week, such as: a sore arm from the injection.

What are the possible side effects of the BNT162b2 COVID-19 vaccine? ›

The most common side effects with BNT162b2 (which may affect more than 1 in 10 people) were pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain and fever.

Who are at higher risk of developing serious illness from COVID-19? ›

Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

What is the Ronapreve? ›

Ronapreve is the first neutralising antibody medicine specifically designed to treat COVID-19 to be authorised by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) for use in the UK.

Can you take ibuprofen if you have the coronavirus disease? ›

Patients can take paracetamol or ibuprofen when self-medicating for symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever and headache, and should follow NHS advice if they have any questions or if symptoms get worse.

How long after receiving the COVID-19 booster are you protected? ›

Generally, people with healthy immune systems are protected from infection for three to four months after receiving a COVID booster, but protection from severe illness lasts eight months to a year.

What is the Yellow Card scheme for the COVID-19 vaccine? ›

The Yellow Card scheme is a mechanism by which anybody can voluntarily report any suspected adverse reactions or side effects to the vaccine. It is very important to note that a Yellow Card report does not necessarily mean the vaccine caused that reaction or event.

Does the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine contain any ingredients that can cause COVID-19? ›

COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca stimulates the body's natural defences (immune system). It causes the body to produce its own protection (antibodies) against the virus. This will help to protect you against COVID-19 in the future. None of the ingredients in this vaccine can cause COVID-19.

Is the COVID-19 booster safe? ›

Are booster shots safe? Yes, booster shots are proven to be safe. Pfizer released a study of 10,000 participants in which half of them received a booster dose and half a placebo. In terms of safety, they found no new adverse events, meaning it was consistent with what has been seen in previous studies.

Are smokers at risk to the coronavirus disease? ›

A small but highly impactful survey from China finds that smokers with COVID-19 are 14 times more likely to develop severe disease. In addition, the repetitive hand to mouth movement provides an easy route of entry for the virus, putting smokers at greater risk of contracting COVID-19.

Does obesity increase the risk of getting the COVID-19? ›

The current evidence does not suggest that having excess weight increases people’s chances of contracting COVID-19. However, the data does show that obese people are significantly more likely to become seriously ill and be admitted to intensive care with COVID-19 compared to those with a healthy BMI.

Are smokers at higher risk of developing severe respiratory disease from COVID-19? ›

The evidence clearly shows COVID-19 virus attacks the respiratory system, which explains why smokers are at greater risk. A small but highly impactful survey from China finds that smokers with COVID-19 are 14 times more likely to develop severe disease.

What is in the new updated COVID-19 booster shot? ›

The authorized bivalent COVID-19 vaccines, or updated boosters, include an mRNA component of the original strain to provide an immune response that is broadly protective against COVID-19 and an mRNA component in common between the omicron variant BA.4 and BA.5 lineages to provide better protection against COVID-19 ...

What is COVID-19 genomic sequencing? ›

Genomic sequencing is laboratory analysis that identifies a virus's genetic make-up, allowing new variants or mutations in existing variants to be detected.

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Recent research evaluated the survival of the COVID-19 virus on different surfaces and reported that the virus can remain viable for up to 72 hours on plastic and stainless steel, up to four hours on copper, and up to 24 hours on cardboard.

Can I get COVID-19 from my pet? ›

COVID-19 in the UK is spread between humans. There is limited evidence that some animals, including pets, can become infected with SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) following close contact with infected humans.

Why do you need to submit a yellow card report for COVID-19 vaccine adverse effects? ›

• Reporters are asked to submit Yellow Card reports even if they only have a suspicion that the medicine or vaccine may have caused the adverse reaction. The existence of an adverse reaction report in the profile does not necessarily mean that the vaccine has caused the suspected reaction.

When was the Coronavirus Yellow Card reporting site launched? ›

The dedicated Coronavirus Yellow Card reporting site was launched in May 2020 specifically for medicines and medical devices used in COVID-19, as well as COVID-19 vaccines when authorised.

Is it mandatory to get a COVID-19 vaccination in a care home? ›

From 11 November 2021 care homes must only allow individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (or exempt) entry inside of a care home. This requirement will apply to those visiting a care home in a professional capacity unless exempt.

What are the most common adverse reactions to the covid-19 vaccine? ›

The most frequent adverse reactions in trials were pain at the injection site, fatigue, headache, myalgia (muscle pains), chills, arthralgia (joint pains), and fever; these were each reported in more than 1 in 10 people.

In general, how long do COVID-19 vaccine side effects usually last? ›

Side effects generally go away in a few days. Even if you dont experience any side effects, your body is building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19. Adverse events (serious health problems) are rare but can cause long-term health problems.

Can I go abroad if I don't have the COVID-19 vaccine? ›

If you have not been fully vaccinated, you should continue to follow the entry requirements of the country you are travelling to, such as proof of a negative COVID-19 test on arrival. You should carefully research the requirements of your destination country before travelling.

Is COVID-19 caused by a virus or a bacteria? ›

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is caused by a virus, NOT by bacteria.

What are the possible side effects of the BNT162b2 COVID-19 vaccine? ›

The most common side effects with BNT162b2 (which may affect more than 1 in 10 people) were pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain and fever.

Who are at higher risk of developing serious illness from COVID-19? ›

Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

Can you take ibuprofen if you have the coronavirus disease? ›

Patients can take paracetamol or ibuprofen when self-medicating for symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever and headache, and should follow NHS advice if they have any questions or if symptoms get worse.

How long does it take for COVID-19 booster to become effective? ›

It may take 7 days for a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose to work.

Can you take ibuprofen if you have the coronavirus disease? ›

Patients can take paracetamol or ibuprofen when self-medicating for symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever and headache, and should follow NHS advice if they have any questions or if symptoms get worse.

Why do you need to submit a yellow card report for COVID-19 vaccine adverse effects? ›

• Reporters are asked to submit Yellow Card reports even if they only have a suspicion that the medicine or vaccine may have caused the adverse reaction. The existence of an adverse reaction report in the profile does not necessarily mean that the vaccine has caused the suspected reaction.

Do smokers suffer from worse COVID-19 symptoms? ›

Early research indicates that, compared to non-smokers, having a history of smoking may substantially increase the chance of adverse health outcomes for COVID-19 patients, including being admitted to intensive care, requiring mechanical ventilation and suffering severe health consequences.

How long does it take for COVID-19 booster to become effective? ›

It may take 7 days for a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose to work.

Can I go abroad if I don't have the COVID-19 vaccine? ›

If you have not been fully vaccinated, you should continue to follow the entry requirements of the country you are travelling to, such as proof of a negative COVID-19 test on arrival. You should carefully research the requirements of your destination country before travelling.

What is the Yellow Card scheme for the COVID-19 vaccine? ›

The Yellow Card scheme is a mechanism by which anybody can voluntarily report any suspected adverse reactions or side effects to the vaccine. It is very important to note that a Yellow Card report does not necessarily mean the vaccine caused that reaction or event.

When was the Coronavirus Yellow Card reporting site launched? ›

The dedicated Coronavirus Yellow Card reporting site was launched in May 2020 specifically for medicines and medical devices used in COVID-19, as well as COVID-19 vaccines when authorised.

How to report side effects of AstraZeneca vaccine? ›

If you are concerned about a side-effect it can be reported directly via the Coronavirus Yellow Card reporting site or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store and include the vaccine brand and batch/Lot number if available.

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