Get the facts: Vaccines

12 January 2021

You don’t need your NHS number to get a Covid-19 vaccine

A widely shared post on social media claims people who don’t know their NHS number are causing a ‘bottleneck’.

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You don’t need your NHS number to get a Covid-19 vaccine
11 January 2021

The laws introducing a third English lockdown do not make the Covid-19 vaccine mandatory

Parliament did vote on new regulations on Wednesday, but these new rules didn’t make vaccines mandatory.

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The laws introducing a third English lockdown do not make the Covid-19 vaccine mandatory
7 January 2021

A satirical caption in a South African newspaper under a picture of a British woman getting the vaccine has caused confusion

The photo of a woman getting a Covid-19 vaccine has been used as evidence that the media is lying to people.

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A satirical caption in a South African newspaper under a picture of a British woman getting the vaccine has caused confusion
23 December 2020

The government has awarded a contract to develop technology that proves you’ve recently had a negative Covid-19 test

This doesn’t mean that vaccination passports are planned.

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The government has awarded a contract to develop technology that proves you’ve recently had a negative Covid-19 test
22 December 2020

Some on the Pfizer vaccine trials did get Bell’s palsy, but not more than we’d expect by chance

Four volunteers developed Bell’s palsy after getting a Covid-19 vaccine, but this doesn’t mean they are linked.

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Some on the Pfizer vaccine trials did get Bell’s palsy, but not more than we’d expect by chance
22 December 2020

There’s no evidence the Pfizer vaccine interferes with the placenta

One expert said the possibility was ‘vanishingly small’.

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There’s no evidence the Pfizer vaccine interferes with the placenta
17 December 2020

A post about coronavirus vaccines gets facts about their safety, ingredients, and legality wrong

Many of the claims in this post are common myths about the vaccine.

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A post about coronavirus vaccines gets facts about their safety, ingredients, and legality wrong
10 December 2020

False claims about first vaccine recipients spread on social media

Posts claim that CNN used a picture of one of the first vaccine recipients back in October. They did not.

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False claims about first vaccine recipients spread on social media
10 December 2020

Claims about the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine ingredients lack evidence

Claims about PEG, non-neutralizing antibodies, fertility and late effects have been made about the first Covid-19 vaccine approved in the UK.

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Claims about the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine ingredients lack evidence
8 December 2020

No evidence Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine affects women’s fertility

The vaccine causes an immune response to a spike protein, but this almost certainly won’t make the body attack the placenta.

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No evidence Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine affects women’s fertility

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