Get the facts: Vaccines

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
30 November 2020

The Pfizer Covid-19 candidate vaccine is not too cold to be called a vaccine

The Ebola vaccine had to be stored at temperatures this low too.

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The Pfizer Covid-19 candidate vaccine is not too cold to be called a vaccine
30 November 2020

RNA Covid-19 vaccines will not change your DNA

Several candidate vaccines use this technology.

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RNA Covid-19 vaccines will not change your DNA
23 November 2020

The government plans to monitor potential adverse reactions to a Covid-19 vaccine, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be safe

The government needs a system for logging any medical problems that people encounter at the same time as the vaccine.

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The government plans to monitor potential adverse reactions to a Covid-19 vaccine, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be safe
20 November 2020

Baseless claims about vaccine safety go viral on Facebook

The post claims that the Covid-19 death rate is much lower than the estimated 0.5%-1% and makes baseless claims that a vaccine would kill more people than the virus.

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Baseless claims about vaccine safety go viral on Facebook
20 November 2020

It’s misleading to compare the effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccines and the death rate

Vaccines don’t just prevent death.

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It’s misleading to compare the effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccines and the death rate
17 November 2020

The figure for a dose of a potential Covid-19 vaccine covers the cost of delivering the treatment

GP practices are private companies that receive funding from a range of places.

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The figure for a dose of a potential Covid-19 vaccine covers the cost of delivering the treatment

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