Two weeks after DayStar founder Marcus Lamb died of COVID-19, the Christian TV station devoted an hour-long segment promoting the message that COVID-19 vaccines do not protect against infection. or death and accused those who were vaccinated of “drinking the Kool-Aide.”
Joni Lamb, Marcus’ wife, and her husband had been promoting the use of ivermectin and vitamins to fight COVID-19. While it worked for Joni, it didn’t for Marcus. who had type 2 diabetes. He was hospitalized with COVID-19 and died after suffering a “cardiac event”, according to his wife.
Type 2 diabetes has put Marcus at greater risk of dying from COVID-19 and his death has raised questions about whether he would still be alive had he been vaccinated.
On a December 13 ministry now episode, Joni called it a “complete lie” that her husband might not have died if he had been vaccinated against COVID-19. As his lungs seemed to clear before his death, she maintained that if his heart hadn’t been stopped he “very well could have recovered”.
At least twice during the hour-long episode, Joni raised skepticism about the vaccine’s ability to prevent someone from dying of COVID-19. She asked Carrie Madej, an osteopathic doctor, to confirm that vaccines will not prevent someone from dying of COVID-19 and noted that former Secretary of State Colin Powell was fully vaccinated when he died. Powell reportedly suffered from a form of cancer that made him more vulnerable.
“Do you realize how many fully vaccinated people are dying of COVID because vaccination won’t prevent you from dying?” Joni said. “And yet the narrative is so strong on these secular networks that people believe and drink the Kool-Aid.”
Newsweek reached out to Daystar Television for comment, but did not receive a response in time for publication.
Throughout the pandemic, Daystar has hosted prominent anti-vaccine voices, including Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who was banned from Instagram for promoting misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine. The Daystar website also calls vaccines “the most dangerous thing” children face.
Daystar also filed a petition to stop President Joe Biden’s vaccine rule from being put in place. A court document filed alongside the American Family Association, the two groups called the vaccination mandates a “sin against the Holy Word of God.”
While Joni has repeatedly said on ministry now that people have the right to make the decision to get vaccinated and that some of their partners are vaccinated, the program messages seemed to dissuade people from getting vaccinated.
Madej said people should expect an increase in autoimmune diseases and potentially more cancer diagnoses from the vaccine and said it could “definitely” cause infertility.
There is currently no evidence to suggest that vaccines, including those for COVID-19, cause fertility problems in men or women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Pregnant women have been shown to be more likely to become seriously ill if they contract COVID-19, causing babies to be born prematurely, so the CDC recommends those trying to get pregnant or who are currently pregnant get vaccinated.
Joni also pointed to the “hundreds” of adverse reactions people have had with the COVID-19 vaccine. While some people have had life-changing side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine, the CDC maintains that cases are still very rare and vaccines are safe and effective.
Some adverse events reported to the CDC system include headaches and chills, which the CDC says are common side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine and not necessarily cause for concern.
During the December 13 episode, Daystar aired a video montage of people describing the irreparable harm they suffered after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. The clips come from a hearing held by Senator Ron Johnson, where Ernest Ramirez described how his son died of myocarditis after his vaccination and a woman who had to rely on a walker after being vaccinated.
Just as there have been stories of people whose lives have been dramatically changed because of the vaccine, there have also been stories published of people who were hospitalized and regretted not getting the vaccine. Although rare, young people have been hospitalized with COVID-19 and one woman, who had her limbs amputated, urged people to get vaccinated. A former college football player has also advised people not to let misinformation deter them from getting vaccinated after being hospitalized and having to relearn how to use his arm.
While Joni wrote the narrative that vaccines help protect a person from contracting COVID-19 or dying from a “lie” perpetuated by the media, health officials take a different stance.
Although vaccines do not guarantee that a person will not test positive for COVID-19 or become seriously ill from the virus, they are known to reduce a person’s risk. By the end of November, unvaccinated people were five times more likely to test positive for COVID-19 and 14 times more likely to die from COVID-19, according to the CDC.
America may see more breakthrough infections in the coming months as immunity to the vaccine wanes and the Omicron variant spreads, but officials maintain that inoculations are America’s biggest defense. a person in the fight against COVID-19.
During a national address on Tuesday, Biden criticized networks and public figures who have pushed misinformation about vaccines, accusing them of “killing” their own clients and supporters.