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Elon Musk shares ‘major side effects’ from covid booster shot

Elon Musk. (Brendan Smialowski/La Nacion via ZUMA Press/TNS)
January 24, 2023

Billionaire U.S. businessman Elon Musk recently announced he experienced “major side effects” after he received his second booster shot of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Musk, who recently bought out Twitter, used the platform to share his vaccine experience with the world.

“I had major side effects from my second booster shot. Felt like I was dying for several days. Hopefully, no permanent damage, but I dunno,” Musk tweeted on Saturday.

His tweet came in response to a Rasmussen Reports tweet explaining that with the current U.S. vaccination rate, up to 12 million people could have experienced “major side effects” from the Covid-19 vaccines and those side effects would still be considered “rare” by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

“And my cousin, who is young & in peak health, had a serious case of myocarditis. Had to go to the hospital,” Musk added in a subsequent tweet.

A Twitter user who replied to Musk’s initial tweets, said, “Got the J&J and thankfully nothing after that.”

Musk replied, “I had OG C19 before vaccines came out and it was basically a mild cold. Then had J&J vaccine with no bad effects, except my arm hurt briefly. First mRNA booster was ok, but the second one crushed me.”

“OG C19” appears to be a slang reference to the original strain of Covid-19, which was among the deadliest.

Musk’s comment has broad viral attention to the topic of potential vaccine injuries.

As of Tuesday, Musk’s initial tweet garnered about 19 million views and was liked more than 157,000 times, while garnering about 26,000 retweets, 25,000 comments and 5,000 quote tweets.

In his subsequent tweet about his cousin, Musk garnered more than 43,000 likes.

A recent Rasmussen poll found 49 percent of American Adults believe it’s likely that side effects of COVID-19 vaccines have caused a significant number of unexplained deaths, including 28 percent who considered it “very likely.”

The survey also found 48 percent of respondents who believed there are legitimate reasons to be concerned about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines. An opposing 37 percent of respondents believe the people who worry about vaccine safety are spreading conspiracy theories. 15 percent of respondents were unsure either way.

28 percent of respondents in that Rasmussen poll also said they personally know someone who they think may have died as a result of vaccine side effects.