Website makes false claims about vaccines and miscarriages
28 June 2021
What was claimed
Covid-19 vaccines have caused 172 miscarriages since January 2021.
Miscarriages have been reported following vaccination, but there’s no evidence to show vaccines were the cause. The number of miscarriages reported after vaccination does not appear to exceed the number you would ordinarily expect.
An article on a website called Daily Expose has claimed that between 9 December 2020 and 2 June 2021 there was a 3016% increase in the number of women who had miscarried “as a result of” having the Covid-19 vaccine.
The claim is based on data from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) Yellow Card scheme, which collects reports of adverse events following vaccination, but does not prove that vaccination was the cause of any of them.
Daily Expose says that in the first summary of Yellow Card data (covering 9 December 2020 to 24 January 2021), there were six reported miscarriages (recorded as spontaneous abortions) which climbed to over 170 for the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines as of 9 June. (It has sinceincreasedabove200 as of 16 June). Daily Expose claims this is evidence that Covid-19 vaccines have caused miscarriages.
It isn’t surprising that the number of miscarriages reported after vaccination has increased, given the women vaccinated at the beginning of the rollout were less likely to have been of childbearing age.
So far, miscarriage has not been identified by the MHRA as a related adverse effect of the vaccine. Reuters reports the regulator was monitoring a “small number of miscarriage reports following the first 12 weeks of pregnancy”, but the MHRA has said there was no pattern to suggest an increased risk of miscarriage.
This article was updated to clarify which statistical trend had changed.
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For the purposes of that scheme, we’ve rated this claim as false
because it misleadingly claims miscarriages following vaccination were due to vaccination, for which there is no evidence. The MHRA has also said there is no associated link.
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