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Rep. Jackson Calls for CDC, FDA Transparency on COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Data

WASHINGTON — Last week, Representative Ronny Jackson, M.D. (TX-13) led his colleagues in sending a letter to Rochelle Walensky, M.D., MPH, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Robert Califf, M.D., Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), concerning their lack of transparency surrounding the safety of COVID-19 vaccines. Specifically, Jackson looks to determine if the CDC and FDA have conducted certain analyses on adverse reactions to COVID-19 vaccines, in accordance with the CDC’s Standard Operating Procedures on its Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System. If so, Jackson’s letter calls for those results to be shared with the American public.

Jackson said: “Given the unprecedented speed with which COVID-19 vaccines were rushed to market, it is unbelievable that the federal government is refusing to be transparent with the American people about potential safety risks. The Biden Administration has gone to great lengths to manipulate Americans into thinking that wanting to make an informed decision on whether to receive the COVID-19 vaccine is a bad thing. Frankly, it is among their greatest of many failures. The data mining analyses that the CDC and FDA have been directed to complete could help the public better understand the benefits or risks of getting vaccinated. Instead, this administration has chosen to hide behind the liberal mantra that we should shut up and do what the government says simply because they said so. The time for transparency is long overdue. Nonetheless, I will continue to press for the answers we deserve.”

The full letter can be found here. Co-Chair of the GOP Doctors Caucus Brad Wenstrup (OH-02) signed on to Jackson’s letter in addition to Representatives Barry Moore (AL-02), Debbie Lesko (AZ-08), Greg Steube (FL-17), Louie Gohmert (TX-01), Byron Donalds (FL-19), and Diana Harshbarger (TN-01).


  • In January 2021 and February 2022, the CDC’s Immunization Safety Office tasked the CDC and FDA with performing two types of data mining analyses to establish patterns and determine the rate at which COVID-19 vaccines produce adverse reactions.
  • In response to a Freedom of Information Act request from The Epoch Times, the FDA refused to provide the results of these analyses or even confirm that the CDC’s directive had been completed.