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Newsom and Staff Address Online Rumors About His Nearly Two Week Absence [Update]

Newsom and Staff Address Online Rumors About His Nearly Two Week Absence [Update]
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Sources claim that California Governor Gavin Newsom went missing from the public for nearly two weeks after receiving his COVID booster shot. Newsom’s disappearance became incredibly suspicious when he abruptly canceled his trip to the climate conference in Scotland last week, bizarrely claiming family obligations (namely Halloween) kept him from going.


But sources tell the Daily Mail that Newsom was left with muscle weakness and fatigue after receiving the COVID booster and a flu shot within days of each other.

Related: We Now Know Where Gavin Newsom’s Been for the Last Two Weeks. Or at Least Where He Said He’s Been.

Newsom made his first public appearance after receiving the booster on Saturday at the lavish wedding of Ivy Getty in San Francisco. After Newsom was spotted at the wedding, his press secretary Daniel Lopez denied any connection between Newsom’s disappearance and the shots.

According to Lopez, Newsom had “no adverse reaction to his booster shot” and said that the governor would resume having public events this week.

“The flu shot and booster shot were administered separately and the Governor did not have an adverse reaction to either shot,” Lopez insisted.

At the California economic summit, Newsom explained that his children were upset that he and his wife would be missing Halloween to go to COP26, so he decided to cancel the trip and stay home with them. There is a photo of Newsom and his wife with their children dressed up for Halloween that was posted on Newsom’s Instagram account on Nov. 1.

He also responded to the flurry of online rumors, saying, “We’d all do well taking some time away from social media.”

Newsom’s wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, in a since-deleted tweet on Nov. 7, said, “It’s funny how certain folks can’t handle truth. When someone cancels something, maybe they’re just in the office working; maybe in their free time they’re at home with their family, at their kids’ sports matches, or dining out with their wife. Please stop hating and get a life.”


But Newsom rarely goes so long without public events, and when he has, some explanation is typically given, prompting the rumor mill to go into overdrive.

Last month, Newsom mandated that all eligible students be vaccinated in order to attend school, despite the fact that unvaccinated kids have better protection from COVID than even vaccinated adults.

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