by Sharon Rondeau

Photo: react19, Dr. Wallskog testifying on Capitol Hill, Nov. 2, 2021

(Apr. 16, 2023) — An orthopedic surgeon who incurred a “career-ending” injury following vaccination for COVID-19 in December 2020 was a guest on “Fox & Friends” Sunday morning between 7:25 and 7:30.

Dr. Joel Wallskog has provided testimony at several hearings held by Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson (R) on Capitol Hill and is a member of, an organization formed to support the thousands of individuals claiming injury or death of a family member after COVID-19 vaccination.

Wallskog has been unable to work since February 2021, his website states, and was diagnosed with transverse myelitis following his only COVID-19 vaccine. Although he told co-host Rachel Campos-Duffy his financial situation is “stable,” he is working to help others, he said, and raise awareness of the many vaccine-injured Americans he said have been abandoned by the government which urged them to take the product.

Campos-Duffy raised the issue of online censorship of the vaccine-injured and those questioning the safety of the injections, which Wallskog affirmed, referencing the “Twitter Files” released between December 2022 and March of this year.

The files revealed government and private-entity coordination with the platform to silence anyone whose views were considered “vaccine-hesitant” or which opposed the standard narrative that the vaccines are “safe and effective.” was founded by Brianne Dressen, who was previously employed as a preschool teacher and incurred a serious adverse reaction to the Astra-Zeneca vaccine during the sole U.S. clinical trial of the product.

Following the trial, Astra-Zeneca was not pursued in the U.S., while Pfizer and Moderna’s products were heavily recommended over Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine which does not utilize mRNA technology but nevertheless reportedly caused severe and at times fatal reactions.

Since the launch of the mass-vaccination program in mid-December 2020, the CDC has been slow to acknowledge adverse events but recently reported, citing data entered in the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS):

As of March 2, 2023, there have been 1,059 preliminary reports in VAERS among people younger than age 18 years under review for potential cases of myocarditis and pericarditis. Of these, 244 remain under review. Through confirmation of symptoms and diagnostics by provider interview or review of medical records, 715 reports have been verified to meet CDC’s working case definition for myocarditis. See below for counts of verified reports of myocarditis by age group.

  • 5-11 years: 23 verified reports of myocarditis after 23,376,785 doses administered
  • 12-15 years: 376 verified reports of myocarditis after 25,913,772 doses administered
  • 16-17 years: 316 verified reports of myocarditis after 14,180,263 doses administered

The media has similarly reported that J&J’s vaccine appears to have caused adverse events but has worked to maintain the “safety” narrative of Pfizer and Moderna’s injections.

According to the CDC on September 23, 2022, it was “contacting” individuals who reported developing myocarditis after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

For her part, Campos-Duffy has been a rare media voice cautioning against the vaccines as well as objecting to government or other mandates to take them. At the close of her interview with Wallskog, who will be speaking at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire on April 26, she expressed dismay that universities continue to mandate the shots for anyone wishing to attend.

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