Tucker Carlson has spent the better part of the past several months questioning the safety of the coronavirus vaccine. Instead of proclaiming that the vaccine is unsafe or whatever conspiracy de jour making its way through Facebook, Carlson asks what John Oliver called "bad-faith questions."
It happened again Wednesday night, when the Fox News host asked how many people have been killed by the vaccine. The information is available on the CDC's website, but Carlson didn't mention that.
He used numbers of people who have died after getting the COVID-19 vaccine to imply that the people who got the vaccine died from the vaccine. Just as one person asked: how many people died after watching Tucker Carlson's show? Does that mean Tucker Carlson's show is killing people?
Hi @TuckerCarlson. So, you’re spreading dangerous and deadly lies about Covid vaccines on your show nightly. But I… https://t.co/xoXRjVL6YP— Craig Spencer MD MPH (@Craig Spencer MD MPH)1620263950.0
For example, allergic reactions to the vaccine happen in 2-5 people per million. That's why people are asked to stay for at least 30 minutes after getting the vaccine, so if someone has a reaction they can be treated.
"Fortunately, vaccination providers have medicines available to effectively and immediately treat patients who experience anaphylaxis following vaccination. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and allergic reactions," the CDC says.
The blood clots in the J&J vaccine happened to 23 women out of 8.4 million thus far.
"For all women, this is a rare adverse event. For women 50 years and older and men of all ages, this adverse event is even more rare," the CDC said.
Thus far, 4,178 (0.0017%) people have died after they've had their COVID vaccine. Just because someone died after the vaccine doesn't mean that the vaccine killed them, as Carlson implied.
"CDC and FDA physicians review each case report of death as soon as notified and CDC requests medical records to further assess reports. A review of available clinical information, including death certificates, autopsy, and medical records has not established a causal link to COVID-19 vaccines," said the CDC report. They indicated that this included the J&J blood clot issue.
Let me make this very simple for you @TuckerCarlson. We prioritized high-risk groups for vaccination. You know, li… https://t.co/EwS3OdNSGs— Craig Spencer MD MPH (@Craig Spencer MD MPH)1620265562.0
Here's what actually happened: The death rate, especially in high-risk populations, dropped precipitously. Like, i… https://t.co/US6Y0pw8gy— Craig Spencer MD MPH (@Craig Spencer MD MPH)1620265564.0
Carlson hasn't questioned what the mortality rate is among those who got COVID-19 while asking about the vaccine, and compared the two numbers. That data can be found at the CDC as well.
Bloomberg Opinion columnist Tim O'Brien asked a probing question: If Carlson is spending so much time asking questions about the vaccine, shouldn't his viewers know if he has been vaccinated or not?
Has Tucker Carlson been vaccinated? Given his unending skepticism about vaccines, a guest should ask him or he sho… https://t.co/Snf6Kv6XZ2— Tim O'Brien (@Tim O'Brien)1620269344.0
See other comments below:
Tonight, @TuckerCarlson falsely claimed thousands of Americans have died after getting the COVID vaccine. This is… https://t.co/bWN38UVY90— Travis Akers (@Travis Akers)1620271201.0
@TuckerCarlson This is WAY beyond irresponsible, even for your lame ass show. Even though you say you won't specula… https://t.co/ZUeCRE8UVd— D (@D)1620271360.0
@Craig_A_Spencer @TuckerCarlson Has Tucker had the vaccine?— TH (@TH)1620270809.0
@jrzyjrnyman1 @Craig_A_Spencer @HNTurtledove @TuckerCarlson I’ll wager he knocked over an elderly woman in order to receive HIS vaccine.— Patricia G (@Patricia G)1620270928.0
@WalshFreedom I don’t even understand why he’s doing this. There’s no obvious political motive. No one really stand… https://t.co/LLgZC4quDH— Parker Molloy (@Parker Molloy)1620259816.0
@TmitchsomeWorth @ParkerMolloy @WalshFreedom Given how the FDA shut down the JJ vaccine after 15 people were sicken… https://t.co/eVvZ6altqj— Mike Alexander (@Mike Alexander)1620271216.0
@WalshFreedom @TuckerCarlson I know how many died with Covid . And I am a long hauler on oxygen now because of your… https://t.co/WsVWuEytmH— Mimsey LASANDRA (@Mimsey LASANDRA)1620271270.0
Can Dr. Fauci please go on Tucker Carlson unedited so he can end Tucker’s lying anti-vaccine nonsense?!— Tommy Campbell (@Tommy Campbell)1620270302.0
You-@TuckerCarlson- lie and propagandize about #vaccines while 1000s die weekly, in viral epidemic which has killed… https://t.co/7mms4BTW1I— SFDukie (@SFDukie)1620270707.0
You just know this chicken-little got a vaccine before the rest of us, right? Tucker Carlson Makes BS Claim ‘30 Pe… https://t.co/QyP8A7oNs9— (((Mamie))) (@(((Mamie))))1620270710.0
Do we know how many people died after watching @TuckerCarlson's show? Because Americans deserve to know if his show… https://t.co/01Uiyri732— (((Charles Young))) (@(((Charles Young))))1620271287.0