Whistleblower: Army flight surgeon sidelined for grounding pilots with heart conditions related to COVID vaccines

Sgt. Andrew Petersen, left, biomedical equipment technician at SHAPE Healthcare Facility, receives a COVID-19 vaccination at the healthcare facility Jan. 8 at Mons, Belgium. The SHAPE Healthcare Facility and Brussels Army Health Clinic conducted their first inoculations of healthcare workers with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine Jan. 7. (U.S. Army photo by Christophe Morel, U.S. Army Garrison Benelux Public Affairs Office)

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An Alabama-based Army surgeon who has previously claimed the COVID vaccine contained a substance found in antifreeze testified this week the military has ignored her warnings about the shot.

Army Lt. Col. Theresa Long, an aviation safety officer and Army flight surgeon stationed at Fort Rucker, spoke this week at a Capitol Hill roundtable hosted by Sen. Ron Johnson, R- Wisconsin. Testifying under the Military Whistleblower Protection Act, Long said her vaccine concerns – including efforts to ground pilots to monitor symptoms of myocarditis – were ignored by military leaders, The Washington Times reported.

“After I reported to my command my concerns that in one morning I had to ground three out of three pilots due to vaccine injuries, the next day my patients were canceled, my charts were pulled for review, and I was told I would not be seeing acute patients anymore, just healthy pilots there for their flight physical,” she said.

Long testified she had two patients who reported chest pains after they were vaccinated. Both were diagnosed with pericarditis, or swelling of the outer lining of the heart. The Centers for Disease Control said it is “actively monitoring” reports of pericarditis following COVID vaccinations but said the benefits of being vaccinated “far outweigh” potential risks of having a “rare adverse reaction to vaccination.”

Long said her concerns were ignored by superiors and the Army didn’t “even pause” vaccinations to look into the issue.

“I made numerous efforts to get senior medical leaders to at the very least inform soldiers of this risk; my concerns were ignored,” Long said.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the 1st Aviation Brigade at Fort Rucker told The Washington Times Long appeared at the roundtable in her “own individual capacity.”

The appearance wasn’t the first time Long has spoken out against COVID vaccines and the military’s requirements.

In September, The Hill reported Long was among the doctors providing affidavits in support of America’s Frontline Doctors, a group that is suing the Pentagon to stop its vaccine mandate. In her affidavit, Long wrote “I cannot discern what form of alchemy (vaccine maker) Pfizer and the FDA have discovered that would make antifreeze into a healthful cure to the human body.”

The vaccines do not contain antifreeze, a claim that has circulated on social media. Vaccine skeptics claim the shots contain polyethylene glycol, an active ingredient in antifreeze. However, as The Hill reports, Ethylene glycol is the active ingredient in antifreeze; Polyethylene glycol is the substance found in COVID vaccines, as well as other commonly used products such as laxatives and cosmetics.

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