We’ve had people that were perfectly healthy and the day after they took the vaccine, they literally woke up and they couldn’t move or feel their legs.

We’ve had people that were perfectly healthy and the day after they took the vaccine, they literally woke up and they couldn’t move or feel their legs.

Not only does Bridges refuse to get vaccinated, she also has an online petition to stop mandatory vaccinations currently signed by more than 8,000 people across the country. 

“I speak for a lot of people,” Bridges said. “We just wanted it to be fully FDA approved. We wanted enough time for it to have the proper research.” 

Bridges’ concerns go beyond waiting for more data; she is convinced the vaccine is making people ill. 

“I’ve seen... everything from blood clots, heart attacks, heart arrhythmias,” she said. “We’ve had people that were perfectly healthy and the day after they took the vaccine, they literally woke up and they couldn’t move or feel their legs.” 

The adverse events data is closely monitored by the FDA and an independent data safety monitoring board oversees data for ongoing trials of the vaccines. So far, the most serious adverse reaction linked to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was extremely rare blood clots in the veins of the brain combined with a low platelet count. One person has died from that condition.  

Bridges believes that her hospital is engaged in a coverup of adverse reactions. 

“A lot of physicians are being told to not report it,” she said. 

She also says a worker in information technology claims that they participated in a group chat with hospital managers who were instructing workers not to document adverse reactions on patient charts. 

Houston Methodist adamantly denies Bridges’ charges of a coverup, saying in a statement: “This is also completely false and unfounded. We pride ourselves on being one of the safest hospital systems in the country, and we would never do what she alleges.” 

“It is unfortunate that Ms. Bridges is choosing to act this way. She is a disgruntled employee making unfounded claims and putting herself before our patients by not getting a vaccine. Her messages have become increasingly personal and unprofessional and her efforts appear co-opted by the anti-vaccine movement.” 

Contributing: Holly Meyer, The Tennessean. 

David Heath is a reporter on the USA TODAY national investigations team. Contact him at dheath@usatoday.com or @davidhth, or on Signal at (240) 630-1962.

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