Fact-Check

Sometimes we all struggle to know whether something is accurate and reliable – especially when information is coming from a wide variety of sources, as is often the case with COVID-19 information. So, if in doubt, check it out.

Below you will find a list of fact-checking sites that you can visit to get the most recently fact-checked stories. There is also a list of recently ‘de-bunked’ or stories proven to be false.

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Debunked: No, Travellers were not protesting outside a Dublin Pfizer plant for access to the Covid-19 vaccine

The Journal has debunked a claim circulating on whatsapp that a group of Travellers was protesting outside a Dublin Pfizer facility and refusing to leave until they got the Covid-19 vaccine.

Read the article at The Journal

Found false: Claims that rapper DMX suffered a heart attack after getting Covid-19 vaccine are unproven

PolitiFact rated this claim false because of a lack of evidence connecting a vaccine to the death of the rapper.

Read the article at PolitiFact

Fact-Checked: Covid-19 vaccinations, fertility and pregnancy

FactCheckNI has investigated theories about the Covid19 vaccinations and pregnancy.

Read the article at FactCheckNI

Debunked: Video does not show Belgian Health Minister faking his vaccination

A video circulating online along with claims that Belgian Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke faked his vaccination has been debunked by Reuters.

View the article at Reuters

Found false: Data does not show a link between the increase in reported deaths and the recent introduction of COVID-19 vaccines.

Politifact has fact-checked and found false a claim that data on the VAERS database shows a sharp rise in deaths reported in connection with the Covid19 vaccine.

Read the article at Politfact

Fact-Checked: Covid-19 vaccine 'Q&A'

A Covid-19 vaccine 'Q&A' document, circulating online, presents a checklist of claims about the mRNA vaccine, alongside ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ answers. FullFact have checked the claims.

View the article at FullFact

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Check the Facts

There are many factchecking websites and organisations working hard to help you identify what is accurate and reliable and what is not.

  • FactCheck from The Journal.ie is Ireland’s only verified signatory to the International Fact-Checking Network Code of Principles, with commitments to non-partisanship, fairness, and transparency

    FactCheck from The Journal

  • FactCheckNI is Northern Ireland’s only verified signatory to the International Fact-Checking Network Code of Principles, with commitments to non-partisanship, fairness, and transparency.

    FactCheckNI

  • The Poynter Institute also supports fact-checking in a number of ways, including the Politifact website, the Corona Virus Fact Alliance and the Corona Virus Facts Database.

    The Poynter Institute

  • The International Fact Checking Network is a unit of the Poynter Institute dedicated to bringing together fact-checkers worldwide by promoting best practices and exchanges in this field, underpinned by a code of principles.

    IFCN

  • The MediaWise Teen Fact-Checking Network (TFCN) publishes daily fact-checks for teenagers, by teenagers and is a verified signatory of the International Fact-Checking Network’s code of principles.

    MediaWise TFCN

  • Full Fact is a team of independent fact checkers and campaigners who find, expose and counter the harm that misinformation does

    Full Fact

  • Snopes is the oldest and largest fact-checking site online and labels stories as ‘True’, ‘Mostly, ‘True’, ‘Mixture’, ‘Mostly False’ or ‘False’.

    Snopes

  • iHealthFacts is a Galway-based team doing science-heavy factchecks on COVID-19

    iHealthFacts


Data Platforms

Interrogate the data for yourself.

  • The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control provides situation updates for Europe

    ECDC

  • The Health Protection and Surveillance Centre provides Ireland-specific updates on COVID-19

    The Health Protection and Surveillance Centre

  • The COVID-19 Data Hub is the official hub for COVID-19 statistics in Ireland

    COVID-19 Data Hub

  • COVID-NMA is an international research initiative supported by the WHO and Cochrane. It shows all current trials and studies around COVID-19.

    COVID-NMA

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