In the days after U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert was rushed into emergency surgery to remove a blood clot that threatened her life, the online underworld swirled with speculation that the clot resulted from Boebert receiving a COVID vaccination.

In a radio interview last week, Boebert put the speculation to rest.


“I’m not COVID vaxxed,” said Boebert. “So we can we can squash those rumors now.”

Boebert made the comment when asked during an April 10 radio interview on KHNC in Johnstown, Colorado, whether a COVID vaccination might have led to her April 2 hospitalization for the clot in her leg.

“That’s what everybody’s asking me,” radio host Jay Dee told Boebert on air. “… Did she get the shot? And is that why this happened last week?”

“And, so, for the listeners out there, if you didn’t catch it, Lauren Boebert is not, is not, COVID vaxxed. So stop asking me about that,” said Dee.

“That is correct,” Boebert replied.

This means, of course, that Beobert disregarded the advice of health professionals to get the COVID vaccination during the pandemic. Today, health experts recommend COVID booster shots for those 65 or older.

Throughout the pandemic, Boebert repeatedly slammed efforts to control the virus, baselessly calling federal health officials “needle Nazis,” saying that half of COVID relief funds would fund abortions, and lashing out at public health officials.

Blood clots continue to be a concern for people who contract COVID, not for those who get the COVID vaccination. The most common side effects of the Covid vaccine are fatigue, headache, and soreness at the injection site — all of which usually disappear after a few days.

Nonetheless, some anti-vaxxers have called the Covid vaccination the “clot shot.”

Facing a tough path to re-election in her southwest Colorado congressional district, Boebert decided at the end of last year to run for an eastern Colorado seat. She’s currently running in a primary against multiple GOP opponents, with the winner likely winning in November in the deep red, rural district.

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