Vaccines

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

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
29 January 2021

53 people have not died in Gibraltar because of the Covid-19 vaccine

The territory has had 70 Covid-19 deaths overall and 6 have died since getting the vaccine.

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53 people have not died in Gibraltar because of the Covid-19 vaccine
29 January 2021

Adolescents have been recruited for Covid-19 vaccine trials in the US

2,000 children aged between 12 and 15 have been recruited onto the trial, with parental consent.

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Adolescents have been recruited for Covid-19 vaccine trials in the US
26 January 2021

Report of 8% vaccine efficacy for elderly is unreliable

A report in German newspaper Handelsblatt claimed that the AstraZeneca vaccine was only 8% effective among over 65s.

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Report of 8% vaccine efficacy for elderly is unreliable
25 January 2021

One in six may refuse the Covid-19 vaccine

New research suggests that people were not confused by the wording of a survey last summer

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One in six may refuse the Covid-19 vaccine
22 January 2021

There isn’t pork in Covid-19 vaccines

There is also no reason to believe the vaccine will impact male fertility as claimed. It may actually help protect it.

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There isn’t pork in Covid-19 vaccines
18 January 2021

What you need to know about the claims 23 people died after getting the Covid-19 vaccine in Norway

Norway has since adjusted its advice for vaccinating the very elderly.

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What you need to know about the claims 23 people died after getting the Covid-19 vaccine in Norway
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

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