Former Federal MP Dr. Kerrin Phelps said that she and her wife suffered serious and permanent injuries from Covid vaccines, while suggesting that the true incidence of side effects is much higher than acknowledged due to underreporting and “threats” from outside medical regulators.
In an explosive presentation to Parliament about the lengthy Covid investigation, the former president of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) broke her silence on the “devastating” experience by becoming the most prominent public health figure in the country to speak out on a taboo subject.
“This is a problem that I personally experienced with my wife, who developed a severe neurological reaction to her first Pfizer vaccine within minutes, including burning of the face and gums, paresthesias, and numbness of the arms and legs, while under observation by me, another doctor and registered nurse during immunizations,” said the 65-year-old man.
“I continue to see devastating effects after a year and a half with the addition of fatigue and additional neurological symptoms, including nerve pain, altered sense of smell, blurred vision and musculoskeletal inflammation. The diagnosis and causation was confirmed by several specialists who told me that they had seen “many” patients in a similar situation.
Dr. Phelps married former elementary school teacher Jackie Stricker-Phelps in 1998.
“Jackie asked me to include her story to get the attention of others,” she said.
“We did a lot of homework before we made the vaccine, especially with regards to vaccine selection at the time. When asked about adverse side effects, we were told that “the worst thing that can happen is anaphylaxis” and severe reactions such as myocarditis and pericarditis are “rare.”
Dr. Phelps said she was also diagnosed with a vaccine injury from a second dose of Pfizer in July 2021, “with the diagnosis and causality confirmed by fellow specialists.”
“I had CT lung angiogram, ECG, blood tests, echocardiography, transthoracic stress echocardiography, Holter monitoring, blood pressure monitoring and autonomic testing,” she wrote.
“In my case, the injury resulted in dysautonomia with intermittent fever and cardiovascular consequences, including shortness of breath, inappropriate sinus tachycardia, and blood pressure fluctuations.”
Dr. Phelps said both reactions were reported to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) “but never looked into.”
She said she spoke to other doctors “who themselves have experienced severe and persistent side effects” but that “vaccine harm is a topic that few people in the medical profession want to talk about.”
“Regulators of the medical profession have censored public discussion of side effects following immunizations, threatening physicians not to make any public announcement about anything that “might undermine the government’s vaccine rollout” or could result in their registration being suspended or lost,” she wrote.
The Australian Practitioners Regulatory Agency (AHPRA), which oversees 800,000 registered practitioners and 193,800 students in Australia, warned last year that anyone attempting to “undermine” the national Covid vaccine rollout could face deregistration or even prosecution.
The AHPRA position statement states that “any promotion of anti-vaccination statements or health advice that conflicts with the best available scientific evidence or is intended to actively undermine the national immunization campaign (including through social media) is not supported by national councils and may violate codes of conduct and are subject to investigation and possible regulatory action.”
Earlier this year, Australian musician Tyson “tyDi” Illingworth said he was privately told by doctors that they feared deregistration if they linked his neurological injury to Moderna’s vaccine.
Dr. Phelps said she heard stories of vaccine injuries from “patients and other members of the community.”
“They had to look for answers, find therapists and specialists who are interested and can help them, spend large sums of money on medical examinations, isolate themselves from friends and family, reduce their working hours, lose their jobs if they are required to attend the hospital. person and avoid social and cultural events,” she said.
“In this group of vaccine-injured individuals, there is a declining cohort of people who develop post-immunization symptoms, many of which are similar to long-term Covid (such as fatigue and brain fog), but who did not have a Covid infection. These people will be an important subgroup or control group for research into the pathophysiology, causes, and treatments of long-term Covid. It is possible that there is at least some common pathophysiology between vaccine injury and prolonged covid, possibly due to spike protein exposure.”
She added that “in trying to convince people of influence to pay attention to the risks of long-term Covid and reinfection for people with vaccine trauma, I have personally encountered hurdles and resistance to discussing this issue openly.”
“There has been a delay in recognizing vaccine harms, in part due to underreporting, concerns about vaccine hesitancy in the context of dealing with a global pandemic, and the need to strike a balance between risks and benefits at the population level,” she said. .
“Reactions have been labeled ‘rare’ with no data to support how common these reactions are. In general practice, I saw cases, which meant that other general practitioners and specialists saw cases too. Without diagnostic tests, we have to rely mainly on the medical history.”
In July of this year, the independent group OzSAGE, of which Dr. Phelps is a member, released a position statement calling for improved systems and management of Covid vaccine side effects and “recognition of the consequences of vaccination.”
Dr. Phelps, who was actively involved in preparing the statement, wrote in her submission that the OzSAGE document “depicts the scope but not the scale of the problem because we do not know the scope of the problem.”
“This is partly due to underreporting and lack of recognition,” she said.
According to the latest TGA safety update, a total of 137,141 adverse events were reported after almost 64.4 million doses – a rate of 0.2%.
There were 819 “probably myocarditis” reports from 49.8 million doses of Pfizer and Moderna. Fourteen of the deaths were officially linked to vaccination – 13 after AstraZeneca and one after Pfizer.
But Dr. Phelps pointed to data from the German pharmacovigilance authority, the Paul Ehrlich Institute (PEI), which “conducted continuous surveys of vaccine recipients… unlike the TGA, which only accepts passive reports, or AusVaxSafety, whose survey stopped after six weeks.”
“They found a serious reaction rate of 0.3 cases per 1,000 vaccinations (not people),” she said.
“Given that the majority of Australian adults have now received at least one revaccination, this suggests that the rate of serious adverse reactions per vaccinated person could be over 1 in 1,000. PEI acknowledges that underreporting is a problem and observers suggest that an order of magnitude of underreporting is not unreasonable (most estimates rate underreporting much worse than this).”
Dr Phelps said there were concerns that some adverse events could “cause long-term illness and disability,” but data was limited as “global attention has been focused on getting as many people as possible to be vaccinated as soon as possible with the new novel coronavirus vaccine.”
“Because of this, all the studies that have been published so far are either small or only case studies,” she said.
“The burden of proof appears to have been placed on the victim of the vaccine rather than on the neutral scientific position of suspecting the vaccine in the absence of any other cause and temporal correlation with vaccine administration.”
She noted that in some countries extensive databases of adverse events have been collected, ranging from allergies and anaphylaxis to cardiovascular, neurological, hematological and autoimmune reactions.
Despite acknowledging heart inflammation associated with the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines, Dr. Phelps said that “even then there was a misconception that myocarditis was ‘mild’, ‘transient’ and ‘mostly in young men’.” where myocarditis is clearly not mild, transient, and not limited to young men.”
Dr Phelps said that until the recognition of post-vaccination syndrome or vaccine injury is confirmed, “there can be no progress in the development of diagnostic and treatment protocols, and it is difficult to incorporate it into research projects or treatment programs.”
“It also meant a long and frustrating search for recognition and trying to treat many individual patients,” she said.
“People who have been affected by the Covid vaccine may have a range of symptoms and standard medical test results are often normal. And, like long-term covid patients, they too are turning to medical professionals and public health systems for help.”
Earlier this year, Dr. Rado Faletik, who previously spoke about his battle with the TGA, set up Australian advocacy group Coverse to provide support and take testimony from those who have been harmed by vaccines.
The TGA and AHPRA were contacted for comment.
News.com.au requested additional comments from Dr. Phelps.
Dr. Phelps, who remains a general practitioner, was elected the first female president of the AMA in 2000.
She also served as Sydney City Council Member from 2016 to 2021 and Deputy Lord Mayor under Clover Moore from 2016 to 2017.
In 2018, Dr. Phelps ran as an independent in a by-election in Wentworth’s eastern suburbs following the resignation of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, defeating Liberal Dave Sharma.
She spent less than a year in the federal parliament, losing to Sharma in a rematch in the May 2019 elections.