Vaccines

Fact checks addressing conspiracy theories and unreliable health advice relating to the coronavirus pandemic

9 March 2021

There are no mouse brains in Covid-19 vaccines

A viral Facebook post makes a number of claims about the ingredients and side effects of vaccines.

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There are no mouse brains in Covid-19 vaccines
9 March 2021

Covid-19 vaccines haven’t caused 460 deaths

Misleading claims about vaccine deaths are a misreporting of data from the Yellow Card scheme.

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Covid-19 vaccines haven’t caused 460 deaths
5 March 2021

Luminescent enzymes not in Covid-19 vaccine and other myths debunked

Viral claims include that Covid-19 vaccines will change your DNA (they won’t) and contain something called luciferase (they don’t).

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Luminescent enzymes not in Covid-19 vaccine and other myths debunked
26 February 2021

There is evidence vaccines reduce risk of Covid-19 illness

Being ill with Covid-19 and getting infected by the virus that causes it are not the same thing.

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There is evidence vaccines reduce risk of Covid-19 illness
25 February 2021

No evidence for drop in US sudden infant death syndrome cases

A Facebook post claims SIDS cases have fallen in the US by using a dataset which collects reports of a tiny fraction of the total.

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No evidence for drop in US sudden infant death syndrome cases
25 February 2021

There are no human cells in the AstraZeneca vaccine, and it won’t give you a chimpanzee virus

A post on social media makes claims about viruses from chimpanzees and human foetal cells in AstraZeneca vaccine.

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There are no human cells in the AstraZeneca vaccine, and it won’t give you a chimpanzee virus
5 February 2021

People giving Covid-19 vaccines won’t be tried as war criminals

A video claims the roll-out is part of an experiment where the subjects haven’t consented, which is wrong.

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People giving Covid-19 vaccines won’t be tried as war criminals
4 February 2021

No evidence that nanoparticles in Covid-19 vaccines affect fertility

Nanoparticles are the general term for very small particles.

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No evidence that nanoparticles in Covid-19 vaccines affect fertility
3 February 2021

Penicillin allergies don’t rule out Pfizer vaccine

A post on social media claims that a penicillin allergy can cause a bad reaction to the Pfizer Covid vaccine.

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Penicillin allergies don’t rule out Pfizer vaccine
2 February 2021

Pfizer vaccine effective, though not as effective as newspapers suggest

Just 0.04% of Israelis who received the Covid-19 vaccination later caught the disease, but this doesn’t mean the vaccine is 99.96% effective.

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Pfizer vaccine effective, though not as effective as newspapers suggest

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