Carlson claims '30 people a day are dying after getting COVID vaccine'
Tucker Carlson claimed that 'roughly 30 people every day' are dying after taking a coronavirus vaccine, sparking backlash in the scientific community on Wednesday night.
Carlson said that many viewers will have had their shot - 'and good for you' - but said people were not being told enough about the potential risks.
Carlson then cited data from the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) - a site run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which records any adverse response to a vaccine.
Carlson pointed out that, according to the VAERS statistics, 3,362 people died after receiving a COVID vaccine in the United States between December and April 23.
'That is an average of roughly 30 people every day,' he said.
But health professionals have said he is misrepresenting the VAERS data.
They pointed out that the VAERS database is heavy with disclaimers, which point out that someone dying after receiving a vaccine is not the same as someone dying as a result of a vaccine.
The CDC says that 148 million Americans have now been vaccinated, with huge benefits to the health of the nation. Health experts pointed out that the risks have been studied, and deemed minimal.