Tucker Carlson Suggests Vaccinated More Likely to Get COVID

Fox News host Tucker Carlson has suggest the coronavirus vaccine makes it more likely an individual will get COVID-19.

During Tucker Carlson Tonight on Tuesday, he made the claim but failed to immediately highlight what information this was based on.

He said: "What is the Biden administration spending their time doing? They are threatening to fire hundreds of thousands of federal employees who haven't got the COVID shot.

"Meanwhile it seems like the shot makes it more likely that you are going to get COVID, whatever, it is crazy."

He moved on to then introduce Stephen Miller, a one-time adviser to former President Donald Trump, to discuss treatment policies for COVID in New York.

Later on in the show, Carlson explained the information that led him to this conclusion were from studies in Canada and Denmark, which he mistakenly referred to as being from The Netherlands.

Carlson later said: "So a recent study in The Netherlands, for example, found that so-called secondary attack rate, that means the spread of COVID within a household, is higher in double-vaccinated individuals than in the unvaccinated.

"That would be pandemic of the vaccinated, just for the record, not attacking anyone, that's the science.

"Meanwhile, in Canada, researchers just concluded, quote: 'We also observed negative vaccine effectiveness against omicron among those who had received two doses compared to unvaccinated individuals.'

"Oh, wait a second. So, if you didn't get the vax, you're less likely to get the new variant of COVID? That's what the data are telling us."

The two studies cited [1, 2] are preprint and have not been peer-reviewed nor published in a scientific journal, meaning they have not been overseen by a panel of experts to assess the validity of the findings. As such, the results should be taken with caution.

Earlier this week, President Joe Biden again called on U.S citizens to not only get their COVID-19 shots but booster shots to help protect against coronavirus.

Biden addressed the rising COVID-19 cases in the U.S. during a January 4 speech and indicated how he and his government intended to combat this.

He said: "Before I begin, I know there is a concern and some considerable confusion about the rising cases. So, let me provide a quick update and talk about three specific topics.

"And I'll give it to you straight, as I promised you I always would. We're going to see, as you all have been hearing, a continued rise in cases.

"Omicron is very transmissible, transmissible variant, but much different than anything we've seen before. But you can protect yourself. And you should protect yourself, quite frankly.

"Get vaccinated. Get boosted. There's plenty of booster shots. Wear a mask while you're in public.

"Because what we know is this, the impact from the rising cases depends on the effect on the person based on whether that person, what their vaccination status is.

"You can control how big an impact Omicron is going to have on your health if you get Omicron."

The U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated the COVID-19 vaccines have received "most intense safety monitoring in U.S history".

The CDC added that millions of people in the U.S have already received their COVID-19 vaccines and recommended those that have not get theirs "as soon as possible."

The CDC said its research shows that some people may experience an array of side effects after receiving the vaccine. But the likelihood of serious health issues is considered extremely rare.

They have also clarified that "any health problem that happens after vaccination is considered an adverse event."

Correction 01/06/2021, 9:59 AM EST a.m.: This article originally stated Carlson failed to highlight any information or studies to support his claim. Carlson did reference pre-print studies later in his show that have not been peer-reviewed nor published in any scientific journal.

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Tucker Carlson speaks during the Mathias Corvinus Collegium (MCC) Feszt on August 7, 2021 in Esztergom, Hungary. Carlson claimed that getting the vaccination makes it more likely you will get COVID-19 Janos Kummer/Getty