Get the facts: Vaccines

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
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

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