FACT CHECK: Did Megyn Kelly Say She Contracted VAIDS After Getting Vaccinated?

September 12th, 2023
AVENTURA, FLORIDA - AUGUST 05: Megyn Kelly speaks during the 10X Ladies Empowerment Seminar at the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa on August 05, 2023 in Aventura, Florida. (Photo by Ivan Apfel/Getty Images)

A post shared on Facebook claims talk show host and podcaster Megyn Kelly purportedly said she contracted Vaccine Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (VAIDS) after getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

Verdict: False

The claim stems from a Sept. 7 article published by “The People’s Voice,” a website that is known for spreading “fake news.”

Fact Check:

Kelly recently announced she will interview former President Donald Trump on “The Megyn Kelly Show,” according to The Hill. The interview will be Kelly’s first time talking to the former Republican President in seven years, the outlet reported.

“Megyn Kelly Says She Contracted VAIDS After Getting Vaccinated,” the Facebook post purports.

The claim is false and stems from a Sept. 7 article published by “The People’s Voice,” a website that is known for spreading “fake news.” A “Liability Disclaimer” included on the site’s “Terms of Use” page indicates it “makes no representations about the suitability, reliability, availability, timeliness, and accuracy of the information, software, products, services and related graphics contained on the site for any purpose.”

The site, which has previously been known as “NewsPunch” and “YourNewsWire,” is described as “one of the most well-known purveyors of fake news online,” according to a 2019 article from Mashable. (RELATED: Did Bill Gates Say’ People Who Resist The MRNA Tsunami’ Will Be Excluded From Society?)

The article makes the claim based on recent comments from Kelly during an episode of “The Megyn Kelly Show.” In a clip from the show posted to YouTube on Sept. 6, Kelly says she regrets getting vaccinated for COVID-19 because she tested positive for an autoimmune issue at her annual physical. Kelly never outright says she contracted VAIDS, however. In fact, Kelly does not specify the nature of her autoimmune issue, only that she saw a rheumatologist as a result.

“And I went to the best rheumatologist in New York, and I asked her, do you think this could have to do with the fact that got the damn booster and then got COVID within three weeks? And she said yes. Yes. I wasn’t the only one she’d seen that with,” Kelly said.


Likewise, VAIDS is not a real medical condition, according to Healthline. In addition, a search of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ‘s website does not return any credible results for the purported condition.

Check Your Fact has contacted Kelly, “The People’s Voice,” and the CDC for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received.

Christine Sellers

Fact Check Reporter