Hawaii anti-vaccine leader has regrets after getting COVID

HONOLULU — A man who helped organize a Hawaii group that opposes COVID-19 vaccines and mandates says he contracted the disease and now has regrets.

Chris Wikoff told Hawaii News Now this week that he helped start the Aloha Freedom Coalition last October. He said he believed government shutdowns and mandates were threatening liberties and harming businesses.

“They were talking about vaccine passports and vaccine mandates and it seemed like it was over-the top totalitarianism and control,” Wikoff said.

But then he and his wife contracted COVID-19.

“We were told the COVID virus was not that deadly. It was nothing more than a little flu. I can tell you it’s more than a little flu,” he said.

Wikoff was sent to a hospital on the west side of Oahu, but was transferred to a facility in Honolulu because there was not enough space. The state’s hospitals were at or near capacity during the latest surge.

“I was in a bed. I can’t move, I can’t breathe,” he recalled. “I was afraid I was going to die.”

Wikoff is now considering getting vaccinated because his family and doctors recommend it.

“Probably getting COVID again would be more dangerous than getting the reaction from the vaccines,” he said.

Wikoff said he asked the Aloha Freedom Coalition to remove his name as a member on state business registration. He is now warning people to not attend large protests like the ones the group staged in front of Hawaii Lt. Gov. Josh Green’s home.

“Before I thought Josh Green was exaggerating the situation and after my experience he sounds very rational to me,” he said.

Green responded that “I feel terrible for this gentleman that he got sick.”

“He was obviously getting bad advice and I feel terrible that a lot of innocent people held off on getting vaccinated because they were listening to these fear tactics,” Green said.

The protest group released a statement saying the group will continue protesting and wished Wikoff well.

7 Comments
  1. Jon. Maestri September 23, 2021 8:31 am Reply

    Mr. Wikoff should seek medical advise from his Doctor or other Covid-19 specialists before being Vaccinated now that he has had Covid-19. According to what I’ve been reading, Mr Wikoff now has 27X the immunity that he could obtain via the vaccine. Please wish Mr. Wikoff a full recovery

    Aloha


    1. douglas henry September 23, 2021 9:43 am Reply

      His family and doctors already did recommend that he get vaccinated.


    2. Uncleaina September 24, 2021 6:56 am Reply

      Your information is wrong.


  2. James Raymond September 24, 2021 4:46 am Reply

    The Garden. Island has a responsibility to refuse printing the patently false and misleading covid information such as found in the comment about the relative effectiveness of so-called natural immunity as comparrd to vaccines. Didn’t you learn anything frombthis sad story?


  3. James Raymond September 24, 2021 4:48 am Reply

    The Garden. Island has a responsibility to refuse printing the patently false and misleading covid information such as found in the comment about the relative effectiveness of so-called natural immunity as comparrd to vaccines. Didn’t you learn anything from this sad story?


  4. Concerned Immunity September 24, 2021 8:37 am Reply

    Nothing to FEAR but FEAR itself.

    Does this man have pre-existing disease conditions, starting with overweight or obesity?


  5. MisterM September 26, 2021 4:01 pm Reply

    Always the same story from these loud mouthed covidiots. ‘Freedum and liberty’ – until they get covid and – usually – die.

    Can’t fix stupid.


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