COVID-19 vaccine opponents promote the myth that vaccines cause autism

Several popular vaccine opponents are repeating the disproven myth that COVID-19 vaccines and other routine vaccines are linked to autism, citing rising autism diagnoses since the 1970s. Many of the posts blame the addition of new vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, to the childhood immunization schedule. Others claim that there is a conspiracy to silence doctors who speak about the debunked link between vaccines and autism. 

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