MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin plans to hold a news conference bringing together people who claim to have had adverse reactions to the coronavirus vaccine.
Johnson, who has no medical training or expertise, has been criticized by doctors and others for spreading misinformation about the coronavirus vaccine.
Dr. Jeff Huebner, a family doctor in Madison, said Johnson was “promoting dangerous and unfounded claims about COVID-19 vaccines” that contradict medical data and evidence.
“As a member of the Wisconsin medical community I’m gravely concerned about the impact his event and remarks will have on our ability to return to normal and protect Wisconsinites from COVID-19.,” Huebner said in a statement.
Medical experts say the risk of side effects from COVID-19 vaccines is exceedingly low and that the benefits of getting vaccinated far outweigh the risks.
Johnson said Friday that the Monday news conference in Milwaukee will allow people from around the country to tell their stories and express concerns he says have been “repeatedly ignored” by the medical community.
Gov. Tony Evers tweeted Friday that Johnson is "being reckless and irresponsible."
.@SenRonJohnson, you’re being reckless and irresponsible. The #COVID19 vaccine is safe and effective and based on years of science and research. Every time you suggest otherwise, you’re jeopardizing the health and safety of the people of our state and our economic recovery.— Governor Tony Evers (@GovEvers) June 25, 2021