FullFact has debunked social media posts claiming the German government halted the use of Covid vaccines for being unsafe and frozen the licensing of vaccines. The FullFact verdict is that government suspended the use of the AstraZeneca vaccines to over 60s in March but it has not prohibited Covid-19 vaccinations or licensing. Read the full
The Journal has debunked claims made in an online video that Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine contains high quantities of a chemical known as graphene oxide. The FactCheck found no evidence to support the claim. Read the full article at The Journal
The sister of a 22-year-old Wexford woman has called on anti-vaccination groups to stop using photographs of her recently-deceased sister alongside false claims that the woman died as a result of receiving a Covid-19 vaccine. The Journal has fact-checked this story. Read the full article at the Journal.
According to an Associated Press analysis and confirmed by medical experts, this false claim is based on U.K. data presented without proper context. Reports of death resulting from COVID-19 vaccination are rare. Meanwhile, more than 4 million people worldwide have died from COVID-19. Read the full article at the Associated Press
A video shared on an anti-vaccination social media page has alleged that 100 vaccinated people a day are being hospitalised in Cork due to harmful side effects. Cork University Hospital has disputed the claims. Cases of hospitalisation from vaccine-related side effects are vanishingly rare, and are generally mild symptoms such as headaches, nausea, and muscle
A controversial paper that has not been peer-reviewed is being shared on social media as proof that the long-standing anti-vaccine claim that mRNA vaccines alters genomic DNA is true. In reality, the conclusions of the paper are being misrepresented. The paper itself specifically states that it is not claiming this, but contends that it is
A satirical video showing people being chased by ‘vaccine bandits’ in Los Angeles intent on forcing vaccinations on the unwilling is being spread online. The video originated on a satire account and includes video repurposed from unrelated surveillance footage from Canada. A representative from the account has confirmed that it was intended as a joke.
A viral video featuring a doctor at a school board meeting in the United States has spread the unsubstantiated claim that the rise in COVID-19 cases over the summer has been due to an exceptionally rare medical phenomenon. This condition, called ‘antibody dependent enhancement’, causes a vaccinated individual to experience more severe symptoms after an
A persistent myth spread on social media concerns natural immunity after having contracted COVID-19. Claims vary between stating that vaccination is just as good as having had COVID-19 previously and is thus redundant to stating that vaccines offer inferior protection. However, recent studies have shown that reinfection is far higher among the unvaccinated when compared
Posts on social media have been misinterpreting a satirical website that purports to be a portal where people can report their unvaccinated friends and family to the authorities for a chance to win money. The posts falsely claim that this website is evidence of creeping totalitarianism by shadowy forces capitalising on the pandemic. The website,