Woman suffers ‘life-altering injuries’ after COVID vaccine, teams up with Utah senator to demand answers


SARATOGA SPRINGS, Utah (ABC4) – A Utah woman and Utah senator are teaming up to get some answers after a group claims they’ve experienced life-altering injuries that they believe are from the COVID-19 vaccine.

While the symptoms haven’t been officially linked to the vaccine by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some people are convinced that the two are related, including Brianne Dressen.

Dressen is a preschool teacher in Saratoga Springs who participated in the AstraZeneca clinical trial back in November. 

“There’s no question that the vaccines do save lives, they are an important piece of the puzzle to get us through the pandemic. But we all knew that some people were going to draw the short straw with these vaccines, so we need to take care of those who are getting the short straw,” Dressen said.

That includes her. She got her vaccine on Nov. 4 and says she hasn’t been the same since.

“Immediately within an hour I had tingling down my arm…and by the time I got home, my vision was blurry and double,” Dressen said.

Dressen said her sensitivity to sound and light became so severe that she had to have earmuffs on all the time and sunglasses.

“Things progressed pretty quick. So, I have this week’s long neurological decline, and no one knew what was going on. I called the test clinic several times, finally two days later they had me come in and they did a neurological exam and they said, ‘oh it looks like you have MS, so you probably need to get that checked out,’” Dressen said.

She said her symptoms continued to worsen, and just before Thanksgiving, she said her legs stopped working, sending her to the emergency room. However, after running several MRI’s, cat scans, and lumbar punctures, no one could tell her what was wrong.