Gavin Newsom Calls Reports That COVID Booster Shot Made Him Sick 'Mishegoss'

California Governor Gavin Newsom denied reports that he experienced adverse reactions from the COVID-19 booster shot, calling them "mishegoss."

During a press conference on Wednesday, Newsom was asked about a recent report from The Daily Mail, which cited an anonymous source close to the family and said that the governor experienced fatigue and muscle weakness, after receiving both the COVID-19 booster shot and the flu shot.

"Well, that's made up. I had absolutely no impact whatsoever from the COVID shot, nor the original, nor the booster. Absolutely none, no fatigue, even no soreness," Newsom said in response. "So that's just made up and I hope folks pause and reflect on these sources and consider the mishegoss that's going on."

Newsom continued, "Not just in terms of some of these things related to booster shots but the misinformation that's rampant around...the efficacy and the safety of these vaccines. These vaccines are life-saving, these vaccines helped us put a lid on COVID this summer."

The comments by Newsom on Wednesday come shortly after he clarified why he did not attend the United Nation's Climate Change Conference in Scotland. Following his decision to not attend the conference, many offered speculations on his whereabouts, including some that believed he was experiencing a bad reaction to the COVID-19 booster shot.

During a press conference on Tuesday, Newsom explained that he decided not to attend the climate change conference because he wanted to spend more time with his family on Halloween.

"They couldn't believe that I was going to miss Halloween," Newsom said at the California Economic Summit in Monterey on Tuesday.

Newsom told the crowd that just days before he was scheduled to leave for Scotland, he was having dinner with his four kids and "kind of had an intervention."

"You know, mom and dad missing Halloween for them is, like, worse than missing Christmas," Newsom said. "I woke up that next morning with something that's probably familiar to a lot of parents, that knot in your stomach...and I had no damn choice—I had to cancel that trip."

In a statement sent to Newsweek on Tuesday, Newsom's press secretary Daniel Lopez, said that "The Governor had no adverse reaction to his booster shot."

The statement continued, "Last week Governor Newsom worked in the Capitol with staff on urgent issues including COVID-19 vaccines for kids, boosters, ports, the forthcoming state budget and California's continued economic recovery."

Newsweek reached out to Newsom's press office for comment.

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California Governor Gavin Newsom refuted reports that he experienced adverse side effects from the COVID-19 booster shot. Above, Newsom speaks during a press conference about COVID-19 vaccinations and housing for homeless veterans on November 10 in Los Angeles, California. Patrick T. Fallon/Getty