Alerts are categorized as high, medium, and low risk.
  • High risk alerts: Narratives with widespread circulation across communities, high engagement, exponential velocity, and a high potential to impact health decisions. Are often more memorable than accurate information.
  • Medium risk alerts: Narratives that are circulating in priority populations and pose some threat to health. Potential for further spread due to the tactics used or because of predicted velocity. Often highlights the questions and concerns of people.
  • Low risk alerts: Narratives that are limited in reach, don’t impact your community, or lack the qualities necessary for future spread. May indicate information gaps, confusion, or concerns.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the dismissal of a lawsuit against the state of California over the now-expired COVID-19 vaccine mandates for Los Angeles school employees. The ruling allowed the case to move forward, a year after a lower district court dismissed the suit because a previous Supreme Court decision set the legal precedent for vaccine mandates to prevent disease spread. Prominent COVID-19 vaccine opponents, including a U.S. senator, are falsely claiming that the court ruled that COVID-19 vaccines are not really vaccines, that the mandate was unconstitutional, and that mRNA vaccines have been stripped of legal liability protection.

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A new BMJ study assessed data from 47 countries between 2020 and 2022, finding a total of three million reported excess deaths, with 2021 having the highest number of reported deaths. The study concluded that “excess mortality has remained high in the Western World for three consecutive years, despite the implementation of COVID-19 containment measures and COVID-19 vaccines.” Vaccine opponents are misrepresenting the study to claim that COVID-19 vaccines caused excess deaths, spurring the journal to issue a statement about how the study has been misrepresented.

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In a trending video, a popular right-wing political commentator claims that he and other unvaccinated people “knew” that COVID-19 vaccines were unsafe as soon as they were available to the public. The host accused people encouraging vaccination against COVID-19 of being “transparently dishonest.”

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Following the June 3 congressional hearing of the former head of the U.S. COVID-19 response team, viral posts drove widespread online conversations about COVID-19 and vaccines. Some posts claimed the hearing exposed a government coverup, while others criticized committee members for reigniting fringe COVID-19 conspiracy theories, like claims that the virus is a bioweapon. Several claims circulated about the hearing, including the outright falsehood that the official admitted he “made up” social distancing rules.

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A preprint Oxford University study examined outcomes after Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination among children and adolescents in the U.K. The study found that incidents of heart inflammation (myocarditis and pericarditis) were only reported in vaccinated participants, leading vaccine opponents to falsely claim that heart inflammation only occurs after COVID-19 vaccination, not infection. 

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A popular vaccine opponent claimed on a conspiracy news show that COVID-19 vaccines are “destroying women and babies” and “emasculating men,” citing a misrepresentation of Pfizer's clinical trial documents. Meanwhile, social media posts resurfaced the debunked claims that COVID-19 vaccines were only tested in a “couple of rats” before it was administered to pregnant women and caused miscarriages in 80 percent of pregnancies.

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In an interview on a popular podcast, an actor known for promoting fringe conspiracy theories accused the U.S. government of trying to poison its citizens with COVID-19 vaccines. The interview included several unsupported claims about COVID-19 vaccine safety, including false claims that COVID-19 vaccines caused a 300 percent increase in cancers, a 500 percent increase in pulmonary embolisms, and a 40 percent increase in all-cause mortality in some age groups.

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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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A social media user with a large following posted a trending thread recognizing the importance of routine vaccines. The posts describe the user contracting pertussis, or whooping cough, as an adult after their childhood vaccine had lost effectiveness, concluding by emphasizing how dangerous pertussis is to children and that vaccines save lives.

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Conspiracists are claiming without evidence that a recent assassination attempt on Slovakia’s prime minister is related to his opposition to COVID-19 vaccines and the WHO pandemic treaty. A U.S. congressperson and other high-profile figures shared a viral post that falsely claims that the prime minister made a speech questioning COVID-19 vaccine safety and rejecting the WHO pandemic treaty a week before his assassination attempt.

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Alerts are categorized as high, medium, and low risk.
  • High risk alerts: Narratives with widespread circulation across communities, high engagement, exponential velocity, and a high potential to impact health decisions. Are often more memorable than accurate information.
  • Medium risk alerts: Narratives that are circulating in priority populations and pose some threat to health. Potential for further spread due to the tactics used or because of predicted velocity. Often highlights the questions and concerns of people.
  • Low risk alerts: Narratives that are limited in reach, don’t impact your community, or lack the qualities necessary for future spread. May indicate information gaps, confusion, or concerns.
Monthly Misinformation Report

Explore Public Good Project’s report highlighting high-level health trends. This report captures information from April 6th – May 5th, 2024.

Vaccine Misinformation Guide

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