Why do some people think that paralysis might be a side effect of the COVID-19 vaccines?
A news report of a woman who became paralyzed from the neck down shortly after receiving her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
Is Paralysis a COVID Vaccine Side Effect?
Does that mean that the vaccine caused her paralysis?
No, but neither did they find another reason for the paralysis.
“At this time, our ongoing review has not identified any safety signals with paralysis and the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. To date, more than 200 million people around the world have been vaccinated with our vaccine. It is important to note that serious adverse events that are unrelated to the vaccine are unfortunately likely to occur at a similar rate as they would in the general population.”Paralyzed after getting COVID-19 vaccine, Pittsburgh area woman shares recovery story
Fortunately, experts have also not found any safety signals that would indicate that COVID-19 vaccines are causing paralysis.
So does that mean it was just a coincidence?
While it is awfully hard to believe in coincidences when the media is reporting on everything that happens to everyone soon after they get vaccinated, it is important to understand that we have to rely on vaccine safety monitoring systems and studies that look for safety signals to see if these kinds of rare events are really associated with getting vaccinated.
That’s how they found the small extra risk of blood clots in some people with the Janssen vaccine.
Still, it is hard to believe in big coincidences, like someone becoming paralyzed 12 hours after getting vaccinated…
“That’s what a coincidence is. There are no small coincidences and big coincidences.”Seinfeld – The Statue
How can that not be from the vaccine?
Well, not everything that happens to you in the hours, days, weeks, and months after you get a vaccine are caused by the vaccine.
“No instances of chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) or multifocal motor neuropathy (MMN) were seen during clinical trials of the two vaccines. Neither the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) nor the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends against administration of the Covid 19 vaccine in patients with CIDP or MMN.”Foundation Global Medical Advisory Board statement on COVID vaccines for CIDP and MMN
Many of those things would have happened anyway and it is truly a coincidence that you got your vaccine at that time.
Of course, sometimes it’s not, like the cases of anaphylaxis we are seeing.
And folks should remember that even if a severe side effect occurred in one out of a million people or more who are vaccinated, it would still be safer than leaving yourself at risk to get COVID-19.
After all, a natural COVID-19 infection, which is life-threatening, can also leave you paralyzed!
“Cassandra Yazzie of Sandoval County, said her daughter, Stella Martin, was hospitalized for nine months after testing positive on April 24, 2020.”4-year-old ‘fighter’ leaves hospital after 9-month battle with COVID-19
Have you heard about the 4-year-old whose father died with COVID-19 and who then developed transverse myelitis when she got sick with COVID-19?
“St. Bernard Parish Fire Department District Chief Rory Miller was admitted to Ochsner North Shore earlier this month. He’s been battling COVID-19 and complications from the infection since. Now he’s paralyzed from the waist down. He says doctors diagnosed him with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, which they believe was triggered by COVID.”Neurological disorder linked to COVID-19 leaves La. firefighter paralyzed
Or the nurse who developed ADEM after being diagnosed with COVID-19?
Why haven’t you heard about all of the stories of people paralyzed when they get sick with a natural COVID-19 infection? Infections that can be prevented with COVID-19 vaccines that have not been found to be associated with paralysis.
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- COVID-19 Vaccination Questions and Answers
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- Can Vaccines Cause Guillain-Barre Syndrome?
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- 4-year-old ‘fighter’ leaves hospital after 9-month battle with COVID-19
- Christopher Cross Describes His Temporary Paralysis During COVID-19 Battle
- A healthy woman had no typical coronavirus symptoms. Then she suffered paralysis, lost her ability to speak, and almost died of COVID-19.
- Neurological disorder linked to COVID-19 leaves La. firefighter paralyzed
- North Dakota woman suffering with paralysis, neurological issue months after COVID-19
- Paralyzed after getting COVID-19 vaccine, Pittsburgh area woman shares recovery story
- Foundation Global Medical Advisory Board statement on COVID vaccines for CIDP and MMN
- COVID-19 and Rare Neuroimmune Disorders
- Coronavirus Vaccines Questions and Answers for Individuals Affected by Rare Neuroimmune Disorders
- Causes of paralysis
- A rare cause of acute flaccid paralysis: Human coronaviruses