Pilot falsely claims 30 percent of pilots can’t fly due to vaccine injuries

In an interview with an entrepreneur who is well known for promoting vaccine misinformation, an airline pilot claimed that he was informed by a cardiologist that 30 percent of vaccinated pilots would fail flight health screenings due to vaccine injuries. The claim has been promoted on social media and conservative news sites for the past week. Pilots undergo annual or biannual health screenings to evaluate their ability to fly, and there is no evidence that vaccinated pilots have experienced an increase in health issues affecting their fitness. One of the purportedly vaccine-injured pilots has claimed that a heart attack that occurred more than six months after he was vaccinated was caused by the vaccine. Again, no evidence was provided to support this claim.

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