Debunked: No, the AstraZeneca vaccine does not greatly increase the risk of strokes
Misleading claims on social media state that receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine for COVID-19 causes an increased likelihood of suffering a stroke. The claims rely on media reports, but not scientific evidence. While the British Heart Foundation and other groups have confirmed links between strokes and the AstraZeneca vaccine, the number of reports is minuscule and there is no evidence of causation. In Ireland, precautions are followed to reduce potential the adverse effects of vaccinations. In reality, strokes are more likely to occur among those who have contracted COVID-19 than those who have been vaccinated. This has misleading statement has been debunked by The Journal.