Senator Pauline Hanson challenged Hewitt: “You were in Australia during COVID-19. You must have been fully aware that people — nurses, doctors, people — to have their jobs, to keep their jobs, were forced to have the vaccination,” she said.

“Now do you retract your statement that they were not forced?” she asked.

“I believe, firmly, that nobody was forced to have a vaccine,” Hewitt responded. He added:

“Vaccine requirements are determined by governments and health authorities. I believe everybody was offered an opportunity to get a vaccine or not get a vaccine. I don’t believe that anybody was forced to take a vaccine.”

“A lot of Australians would disagree with you,” Hanson said.

Iversen predicted there will be more hearings around the world as more people realize they were lied to.

“Things were not the way they were supposed to be and we ended up losing a lot of freedoms,” Iversen said. “We’re going to see more hearings like this with more angry lawmakers would be my guess.”

Thiru and Hewitt’s comments come just three weeks after the TGA announced it would stop providing reports on myocarditis and pericarditis following the COVID-19 vaccine because the rates have stabilized.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration confirmed that both myocarditis and pericarditis are considered side effects of mRNA vaccines manufactured by Pfizer and Moderna.

Last month, a study published in the European Journal of Heart Failure found that 1 in 35 people in the study had myocarditis after receiving the COVID-19 booster.

The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) shows 1,579,416 reports of adverse events following COVID-19 vaccines were submitted between Dec. 14, 2020, and July 7, 2023. Of those, there are 5,322 reports of myocardial infarction.

The CDC uses a narrowed case definition of “myocarditis,” which excludes cases of cardiac arrest, ischemic strokes and deaths due to heart problems that occur before one has the chance to go to the emergency department.

In Australia, the total number of pericarditis cases resulting from a COVID-19 vaccine is 3,825, with six cases resulting in death, based on data from the Database of Adverse Event Notifications as of Aug. 8, according to Epoch Times reporting.

There have also been 1,334 cases of myocarditis to date, with 17 resulting in death.

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