News and social media sites have shared a story about a nurse in Nashville who claims that her COVID-19 vaccine has caused Bell’s palsy. Bell’s palsy was also reported among a handful of vaccine trial participants, but not more than would be expected by chance, and at this time there is no definitive link between the vaccine and paralysis.
Recommendation: Direct Response Read More +
Directly address reported adverse reactions to prevent future misinformation. Use clear, consistent communication to make people more aware of what to expect, and focus on the fact that the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks. Keep information sheets and website FAQs up to date, and make sure spokespeople are aware of recently reported adverse reactions and have a prepared response, in case they are asked.
“There is no definitive link between the vaccine and paralysis. Severe side effects for the COVID-19 vaccine are extremely rare. If you have questions about whether the vaccine is safe for you, you should talk to your physician.”
Fact Checking Source(s): fullfact.org