Anti-vaxxers have quickly hijacked Dr Kerryn Phelp’s revelation that she and her wife suffered serious Covid vaccine side effects.
The former head of the Australian Medical Association detailed the debilitating adverse reactions in her submission to a Senate inquiry into long Covid.
Dr Phelps also argued far more Australians suffered serious side effects than was reported, and doctors were too scared of losing their licence to speak out.
However, she still strongly supports Covid vaccination as the benefits far outweighed the risks for the vast majority of people.
But Australians who refused to get the jab have now used her testimony to declare they were right all along and experts were finally ‘waking up’ to the vaccine being ‘poison’.
Dr Kerryn Phelps (pictured left) says both she and her wife Jackie Stricker-Phelps have suffered vaccine injuries that medical authorities have not acknowledged
Chief among them was former federal MP Craig Kelly, whom Dr Phelps several times rebuked for spreading Covid conspiracy theories.
‘If only she’d listened. Kerryn Phelps accused me of spreading ‘conspiracy theories’ when I tried to warn that the evidence showed the ‘safe & effective’ narrative peddled by Big Pharma was a lie,’ he wrote in the first of several tweets.
‘If only she’d listened and followed the real science from the real experts instead of propagating the groupthink from Big Pharma’s marketing brochures.’
He second tweet read: ‘So Phelps has broken her silence about a ‘devastating’ Covid vaccine injury slamming regulators for ‘censoring’ public discussion with ‘threats’ to doctors.
‘So Phelps is saying what I said all along. So Phelps has ‘seen the light’. So APOLOGY time.’
Mr Kelly in another tweet called for proponents of the Covid vaccine to be prosecuted for ‘crimes against humanity’.
‘The evil Cultists can NOT hide the TRUTH any longer,’ he wrote. ‘Reap what you sow. Prosecutions NOW #NoAmnesty.’
Chief among anti-vaxxers hijacking Dr Phelps’ story was former federal MP Craig Kelly, whom she several times rebuked for spreading Covid conspiracy theories
The increasingly hysterical failed MP resumed his tweet storm after ABC reporter Eleni Roussos shared her own struggles with vaccine adverse effects.
‘Covid Criminals can NOT hide the truth any longer. People are no longer frightened to speak out,’ he wrote.
‘The dam wall is crumbling & vax-injured are flooding social media with their HORROR stories
‘The Cult is IMPLODING & the vax-injured Cultists are rebelling Nuremberg 2.0 #NoAmnesty.’
His ‘Nuremburg 2.0’ line was in reference to the trials of Nazi officials charged with committing crimes against humanity during the Holocaust and World War II.
Mr Kelly later struck a more conciliatory tone towards Dr Phelps, tweeting that she was merely ‘conned’ into believing the vaccine was safe.
‘First, they fall for Big Pharma propaganda & don’t listen to the warnings & submit Then, they get injured & want everyone to know,’ he wrote.
‘How many others have been conned & got injured. How many regret being conned. How many other doctors will speak up.’
Mr Kelly added this graphic to his first tweet after reading Dr Phelp’s submission
Mr Kelly then took aim at the ABC for not reporting on Dr Phelp’s submission, unlike the rest of the Australian media.
One Nation senator and fellow Coivd anti-vaxxer Malcolm Roberts claimed the claim the Covid vaccine was safe and effective was a lie.
‘Vaccine injuries are far, far more prevalent than ‘health experts’ have been willing to admit because it threatens their 100% ‘safe and effective’ slogan,’ he wrote.
‘To continue the lie, injured Australians have been silenced and doctors threatened. This has been known for a long time.’
Other anti-vaxxers flooded social media using Dr Phelps’ submission as evidence they were right to refuse the jab, and attacked her for pushing the vaccine throughout the pandemic.
‘After being one of the loudest voices in government pushing this poison into people and pushing the Iv horse medicine lie,’ one wrote
‘Well now we must be thankful she finally dug deep and found the courage to tell the world how devastating these experimental injections are.’
Mr Kelly last year spammed thousands of Australians with this text message linking to a conspiracy theory website
Another unhinged conspiracy theorist also used the ‘Nuremburg 2.0’ reference and claimed the vaccine was an experiment.
‘There was no informed consent universally. People were only being told a LIE to be FORCED into getting jabbed as part of a HUMAN EXPERIMENT and what has now been referred to as a mass depopulation event,’ he wrote.
Numerous anti-vaxxers claimed the world was close to acknowledging Covid vaccines were dangerous an unnecessary after years of ‘propaganda’.
‘I was grateful to see Drs Leeann Wen and Kerryn Phelps both flipped the same day. Two of the biggest vaccine advocates in US and AUS conceding truths about these dangerous vaccines. The dam is breaking. It will go fast now,’ one wrote.
Others claimed Dr Phelps had ‘blood on her hands’ for promoting the vaccine even as she and her wife suffered adverse effects.
‘When you admit that you have blood on your hands and are guilty of not doing your own objective research then and only then will you get some of my compassion. Until then reep (sic) what you sow Dr Phelps,’ one wrote.
‘Dr Kerryn Phelps must be held accountable for promoting this poison if she knew about the outcome and then still promoted it,’ another added.
‘Long Covid is vaccine injury, you know that very well Kerryn, stop upholding the plague myth that the fascist ruling class have used to decimate society,’ a third claimed.
UNSW public health professor Gemma Casey shared her vaccine side effects story in the hours after Dr Phelps, but insisted she still strongly supported vaccination.
‘These murderers need to be put behind bars for what they’ve done over the past years not pleaded with and excused.’
A forth wrote: ‘So, you’ve caught up with the rest of us ‘conspiracy theorists’ who have known about the gene vector therapy ‘side effects’ for over 2 years.
‘Congratulations! Now go and return your qualifications to the Cornflake packet where you found them.’
What the the anti-vaxxers missed in their rush to hijack Dr Phelps’ words to push their conspiracy theories was that the top doctor still supports the vaccine.
Her submission merely called for much greater transparency about the prevalence of adverse affects, and opposed doctors being censored for speaking about them.
Another doctor shared her vaccine side effects story in the hours after Dr Phelps, but insisted she still strongly supported vaccination.
UNSW public health professor Gemma Casey said she suffered stroke symptoms after her AstraZeneca jab and had to learn to read, write, and talk all over again.
But she wasn’t deterred from protecting herself against Covid and later got the Novavax jab.
‘On Twitter, there’s an assumption that just because you’ve had a vaccine injury, you must be anti-vaxx. Well, I ended up getting successfully vaccinated later on,’ she told Crikey.
Dr Kerryn Phelps, the one-time president of the Australian Medical Association, revealed in a submission to a Senate inquiry on Long Covid, that both she and her wife, Jackie Stricker-Phelps, became severely ill after getting a Pfizer vaccine
Dr Phelps in her submission explained her wife Jackie Stricker-Phelps ‘suffered a severe neurological reaction to her first Pfizer vaccine within minutes’.
The symptoms included burning face and gums, prickling sensations and numb hands and feet, which were also observed by an attending doctor and nurse.
‘I continue to observe the devastating effects a year-and-a-half later with the addition of fatigue and additional neurological symptoms including nerve pains, altered sense of smell, visual disturbance and musculoskeletal inflammation,’ Dr Phelps wrote.
‘The diagnosis and causation has been confirmed by several specialists who have told me that they have seen ‘a lot of patients in a similar situation’.
Dr Phelps also revealed she too was diagnosed with a vaccine adverse reaction from a second dose of Pfizer in July 2021.
She said after a battery of tests she had the ‘diagnosis and causation confirmed by specialist colleagues’.
‘In my case the injury resulted in dysautonomia with intermittent fevers and cardiovascular implications including breathlessness, inappropriate sinus tachycardia and blood pressure fluctuations,’ she said.
Dysautonomia are problems with the nervous system while tachycardia induces rapid heartbeat.
Dr Phelps claimed she reported the reactions to the drug regulator, the Therapeutic Goods Administration, but it was never followed up.
She said other doctors also ‘experienced a serious and persistent adverse event’ but that ‘vaccine injury is a subject that few in the medical profession have wanted to talk about’.
‘Regulators of the medical profession have censored public discussion about adverse events following immunisation, with threats to doctors not to make any public statements about anything that ‘might undermine the government’s vaccine rollout’ or risk suspension or loss of their registration,’ she wrote.
Dr Phelps said that the regulatory body overseeing the vaccine rollout had not responded to her claims of vaccine injury
Dr Phelps has previously been one of Australia’s strongest advocates for Covid vaccines.
‘There is definitely a highly significant reduction in death rates and severe acute disease if you have had three or four vaccines,’ she wrote in July.
She has also been outspoken throughout the pandemic about the importance of avoiding the virus.
In August, she wrote an article titled ‘dropping Covid safeguards is just a bad idea’ and has consistently warned about long Covid as a result of ‘even mild’ infections.
Dr Phelps was a high-profile president of the Australian Medical Association in 2000, making headlines by frequently clashing with then Howard Liberal government.
In 2018 she succeeded the retiring Liberal prime minister Malcolm Turnbull by winning a by-election to become the member for Wentworth, the electorate covering Sydney’s wealthy eastern suburbs, which she lost at the 2019 federal poll.
Award-winning DJ Tyson ‘tyDi’ Illingworth claimed in July that five doctors told him ‘privately’ that he was suffering serious health problems caused by an adverse reaction to two doses of Moderna – but they couldn’t say so publicly or they would be deregistered.
Illingworth went through a lengthy rehab after waking up partially paralysed just weeks after he was administered his first Moderna shot on October 1 last year.
He claimed five doctors suggested a correlation between his Moderna vaccinations and his paralysis but refused to go on the record out of fear of backlash or deregistration from the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.
‘I went from doctor to doctor to have them tell me in private I would like to tell you what is happening to you, but I would be deregistered,’ Tyson told Daily Mail Australia.
Tyson Illingworth, who is better known by his DJ name tyDi claimed doctors were afraid to go on the record about the adverse effects of the vaccines because they feared being deregistered
Doctors were advised in March 2021 by AHPRA and national medical boards to not ‘undermine’ the national vaccine rollout.
‘Any promotion of anti-vaccination statements or health advice which contradicts the best available scientific evidence or seeks to actively undermine the national immunisation campaign… may be in breach of the codes of conduct and subject to investigation and possible regulatory action,’ the joint statement said.
AHPRA denied this inhibited the way doctors performed their duties.
‘Doctors do not need to be afraid to take notes about the vaccine,’ AHPRA said.
‘It is good medical practice and a professional obligation for doctors to make accurate medical records.
‘We encourage practitioners to discuss the various vaccines with their patients and use their professional judgement and the best available evidence to help the patient make the safest choices.’
AHPRA said it only intervened ‘where the public is at serious risk’.
‘The Board’s expectations of registered health practitioners in relation to vaccination and public health matters is not new and predates the COVID-19 pandemic,’ AHPRA said.