Did talk show host and podcaster Megyn Kelly say she "contracted Vaccine Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (VAIDS)" after getting the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine? No, that's not true: On "The Megyn Kelly Show" in early September 2023, she said, "I tested positive for an autoimmune issue at my annual physical." She never mentions VAIDS, which is not a real medical condition.
SiriusXM host Megyn Kelly has revealed that she contracted Vaccine Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (VAIDS) as a direct result of taking the mRNA Covid jab.
This is what the post looked like on The People's Voice website at the time of writing:
(Source: The People's Voice screenshot taken on Fri Sep 8 15:22:48 2023 UTC)
Kelly's comments in The People's Voice article came from her show, which airs live on SiriusXM and was posted on YouTube on September 6, 2023, under the title "Legacy Media Constraints, and More COVID Gaslighting, with Bari Weiss, Nellie Bowles & David Zweig." Starting at the 48:57 mark, she said:
I regret getting the vaccine, even though I am a 52-year-old woman, because I don't think I needed it. I think I would have been fine. I've got COVID many times, and it was well past when the vaccine was doing what it was supposed to be doing.
And then, for the first time, I tested positive for an autoimmune issue at my annual physical. And I went to the best rheumatologist in New York, and I asked her, 'Do you think this could have to do with the fact that I got the damn booster and then got COVID within three weeks?' And she said, 'Yes. Yes.' I wasn't the only one she'd seen that with.
Kelly doesn't describe which "autoimmune issue" she was diagnosed with. The Johns Hopkins Medicine website says common autoimmune diseases in women include:
- Rheumatoid arthritis, a form of arthritis that attacks the joints
- Psoriasis, a condition marked by thick, scaly patches of skin
- Psoriatic arthritis, a type of arthritis affecting some people with psoriasis
- Lupus, a disease that damages areas of the body that include joints, skin and organs
- Thyroid diseases, including Graves' disease, where the body makes too much thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism), and Hashimoto's thyroiditis, where it doesn't make enough (hypothyroidism) of the hormone
- Type 1 diabetes, a condition in which the immune system damages the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas
However, nowhere during the hour-and-40-minute-long show does Kelly mention VAIDS.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
In a September 8, 2023, email to Lead Stories, CDC press officer Scott Pauley provided the agency's response to the claim made on The People's Voice website. It said, "Vaccine Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome is not a known medical condition." It continued:
Further, CDC has found no unusual or unexpected patterns of autoimmune disorders or immunodeficiency linked to COVID-19 vaccination by our vaccine safety monitoring systems, after more than 676 million doses administered, with 81% of the US population receiving at least one dose, and with the most intensive safety monitoring in US history.
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