Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., has sent letters to the CEOs of Pfizer and Moderna seeking answers about adverse reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine following a June 28 press conference with affected individuals. The conference in Milwaukee included stories from five people, four of whom were women, from across the country who experienced adverse reactions to the vaccines and experienced “refusal or reluctance” from their doctors to acknowledge that their symptoms might be tied to the vaccine, according to Johnson’s letters.
“I do want to be clear at the outset, to a person, we are all pro-vaccine,” Johnson said in a statement. “Personally, I’ve had every flu shot since at least the swine flu. I’m current in all of my other vaccines. I was a huge supporter of Operation Warp Speed. I’m happy to acknowledge that over 300 million doses of the vaccine have been given to the U.S., and for most people, the vast majority of people, the vaccine has been administered with little or no side effects.”
He added that he personally believes “the vaccine has saved countless lives … and has contributed to the end of the pandemic, which is what everybody in the world wants,” but “people that are trying to tell the truth” about their experiences with the vaccines “are having a hard time getting their truths communicated without being vilified, without being ridiculed, without being censored.”