Cases involving Gardasil injuries are also difficult to file, said Rohde. “Gardasil is causing sterility in young women vaccinated in their early teens, and these [cases] are being dismissed on statute of limitations.”

“These girls are getting vaccinated at the ages 11, 12, 13, or 14,” Rohde said. “But they won’t figure out that they’ve got a problem until they start thinking about having a family, maybe in their early to mid-20s or later.

Because by then the three-year period has passed, these people cannot file claims.

“So the program,” said Rohde, “is set up to fail.”

‘Cheerleaders and stenographers’

“In our country, we are so gung-ho on vaccinating everybody and then compensating a few people, but there is actually no research into what we call medical outcomes — and that is going back to the individuals and finding out why they had a reaction,” said Rohde.

He explained:

“The injured are the collateral damage in the government campaign to promote universal vaccination, while the public health officials act as cheerleaders and the press act as their stenographers.

“But when you develop Guillain-Barré syndrome and are confined to a wheelchair a month and a half after your tetanus booster, something is happening there, but nobody’s looking into it, because we don’t want to find out the cause.

“That’s why Bobby Kennedy and everybody else is correct when they advocated for getting rid of the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] and [U.S. Food and Drug Administration] because they’re captured agencies. They are, and we need to have agencies that actually look out for the safety of the public.”

Lessons to learn

When asked what lessons he learned in his advocacy for vaccine safety and medical freedom, Rohde offered some unusual, perhaps even controversial, nuggets of wisdom.

First, he believes the vaccine-skeptical community made a strategic error in emphasizing autism in its efforts to achieve compensation for vaccine injuries.

In a few cases, the VICP has compensated for “autism-like symptoms” but generally they “wordsmith like crazy” to get around saying that ‘vaccines cause autism,’” Rohde said.

“But I also think we made a big mistake in the vaccine-skeptical community: Vaccines cause encephalopathy, they cause encephalitis, they cause seizures, which may develop symptoms down the road leading to autism — that’s where I think we should have gone.”

Second, Rohde said, “we have to keep the politics out of it.”

“The politics are so polarizing. I know politicians who privately tell me they won’t sign on to legislation regarding vaccines because of the politics of other people who have sponsored that legislation,” he said.

When Rohde fought for Nick’s Law, he was able to garner broad bipartisan support — perhaps because people across the political spectrum were sympathetic to the needs of children with autism.

The dilemma is how to straddle the political divide when it comes to issues of vaccine mandates, medical freedom and parental control.

Rohde thinks part of the answer might lie in the hundreds of thousands who have reportedinjuries after COVID-19 vaccines.

According to Rohde, 7,600 injury claims related to COVID-19 countermeasures are pending before the Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program (CICP) — the administrative program that covers COVID-19 vaccine injuries — but only one for which compensation is currently being considered.

Rodhe says a source within the CICP told him this one case is not a vaccine injury case, but is related to a clinical treatment given to a patient who had COVID-19.

“Now, a lot of the COVID vaccine injuries are people who thought they were doing the right thing,” he said. “They believed in the vaccine, and they believed in the message from the public health officials in the government who said, ‘Hey, we need to stop the spread of the virus,’ so they went and got injured.”

“And now the medical community, public health service and the government have turned their backs on these people.”

“It’s very similar to what we were dealing with 15 and 20 years ago with the injuries to our kids.”

“We’re just reliving a recycle of history,” he said, “but with COVID there are a lot more people being injured. The numbers are so huge, we cannot continue to deny what’s happened.”

We must help those who have been injured, he said, ensure people’s medical and religious freedoms, and prevent employers or governments from ending these freedoms.

“These limits on personal and familial freedom go against everything that we stand for in America,” Rohde said.

Find out more about Rohde’s work by visiting his book website, blog or podcast.