By Anne Dachel
On Aug 25, 2017, Polly Tommey and Anu Vaidya brought the ‘Vaxxed’ bus to Minnehaha Falls Regional Park near Minneapolis to talk with families of vaccine injured kids. Since I live about 100 miles east of the Twin Cities, I seized the opportunity to connect with members of the ‘Vaxxed’ team once again. (See Vaxxed - The Movie.)
These people are incredible.
After three weeks of showing ‘Vaxxed’ and recording stories in Australia and New Zealand, here they were up from Texas all the way to Minnesota. (And if you were following Polly, Anu, Dr. Brian Hooker, and Dr. Suzanne Humphries on their tour, you saw what crowds they drew in both countries.)
This was the first time I’d actually been aboard the ‘Vaxxed’ bus, although I’d seen so many videos of parents telling their heartbreaking stories sitting on the bus.
Everywhere you look, there are the names of the victims, thousands of them, inside and outside the bus. I sat in on interviews
with parents on the bus, and I marveled at Polly’s ability to keep doing this. There’s a constant theme: healthy child was vaccinated and was never the same again.
I asked Polly to update us on ‘Vaxxed.’ You can see her unstoppable dedication to telling the parents’ stories. (And I noticed Polly’s lunch was still sitting on the counter at 5 pm.)
Polly Tommey ‘Vaxxed’ Minneapolis, Aug 25, 2017
Polly: “Australia was a huge success, despite the ending—which shouldn't take away from the huge success of ‘Vaxxed’ going out, all the parents with their stories, the packed out venues. Australia has a huge, huge strong team. The fact that the health minister, or whoever thought that I was a threat to Australia and banned me for three years—that’s irrelevant. Australia’s rising up and doing their thing. All good there.
“Now we’re on the bus. We’re here in Minnesota. And we’re doing story after story after story.
“We have the Daily Mail here asking silly questions. Apparently, Andy Wakefield came here in 2007, and 2017, right now, measles [among Somalis] is the result of his visit in 2007. Wouldn’t you know!
“So that’s the kind of thing we’re dealing with.
“Parents stories, strong as ever. Unvaccinated, beautifully healthy, no ear infections or hardly any ear infections in the unvaccinated. Interesting. I think it’s interesting. Vaccinated, sick. Unvaccinated, not sick.
“As we go on over the next month, people from around this country and around the world are going to be doing my job. They’re going to be going out and recording the stories, the vaxxed vs unvaxxed, that will go live on our social media. Maybe even Age of Autism. You never know. “
Polly deserves all our thanks. Her interviews are the lasting record of what an unchecked, unsafe vaccine schedule has done to now multiple generations of children. She has my undying love and gratitude.
(Technical assistance: John Dachel)