Narratives about alleged COVID-19 vaccine injuries ramp up over the weekend

A recent New York Times article shares the stories of people who believe they have COVID-19 vaccine-related injuries and the challenges these individuals face. The article also discusses VAERS, research on COVID-19 vaccine safety, and the role the anti-vaccine movement plays in hurting the credibility of vaccine injury reports. In response, vaccine opponents and conspiracists accused the newspaper of “backtracking” about vaccine safety and baselessly claimed that vaccine injuries are underestimated. A popular news anchor revealed his own suspected vaccine injuries, setting off a wave of condemnation of the journalist who “pushed” COVID-19 vaccines and the legacy media that allegedly “concealed” vaccine injuries. 

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