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During a right-wing political commentator’s interview with a writer who opposes COVID-19 vaccines, there was speculation about the safety of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines. The writer suggested that mRNA vaccines weaken the immune system and promoted the conspiracy theory that China may release a bioweapon targeting those who received mRNA vaccines.

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Several trending posts circulate false claims about HPV vaccine safety and effectiveness. The posts falsely claim that HPV vaccines don’t prevent cervical cancer and that the vaccines cause autoimmune diseases, miscarriages, birth defects, and deaths in young adults.

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A former cardiologist who was stripped of his board certification for promoting vaccine disinformation has co-authored two recent papers claiming that COVID-19 vaccines contribute to a large number of myocarditis deaths. One of the papers that was published and withdrawn in 2021 relies entirely on VAERS data and highlights cases of individuals who died 358 and 600 days after vaccination. The second paper, which involved a review of documents from autopsies that the researchers did not perform, was removed from a medical journal’s preprint database because its conclusions were unsupported.

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The addition of RSV and COVID-19 vaccines to the CDC’s recommended immunization schedule is being criticized by some online. RSV vaccines are recommended for older adults and pregnant people, and COVID-19 vaccines are recommended for everyone 6 months and older. An anti-vaccine website published an article calling for COVID-19 vaccines to be removed from all immunization schedules.

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A video clip of a medical advisor comparing SARS-CoV-2 and long COVID to HIV and AIDS led some to claim that long COVID is actually a vaccine injury called vaccine AIDS, or “VAIDS.” A former cardiologist resurfaced the debunked myth that COVID-19 vaccines cause positive HIV tests and that the alleged positive tests are a sign that the vaccine has weakened the immune system.

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A popular right-wing commentator voiced opposition to all childhood vaccines, calling for a class action lawsuit against pediatricians who don’t accept unvaccinated children at their practices. The commentator also promoted the false claim that doctors receive “bribes” for encouraging their patients to get vaccinated.

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A video of a teenager who died in 2013 allegedly after receiving a flu shot is recirculating among anti-vaccine accounts. The teen’s mother believes that the vaccine caused her son’s death, although no autopsy was performed.

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Several viral social media posts mock the recent death of a sports reporter who criticized a top-ranked tennis player’s anti-vaccine stance. Many posts insinuate that COVID-19 vaccines are responsible for the reporter’s sudden death.

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A recent Chinese coronavirus study has fueled false claims that researchers created a more deadly COVID-19 variant with a “100 percent kill rate” as a bioweapon. The study, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, infected mice with an existing pangolin coronavirus strain that mutated in a lab.

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The American Cancer Society’s 2024 cancer statistics projections are being used to falsely claim that COVID-19 vaccines are responsible for rising cancer rates that were recorded before the vaccines existed. Some have accused the organization of manipulating data to cover up a link between COVID-19 vaccines and cancer deaths.

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Alerts are categorized as high, medium, and low risk.
  • High risk alerts: We recommend directly addressing and debunking the misinformation
  • Medium risk alerts: We recommend monitoring the situation but not actively engaging.
  • Low risk alerts: Provided for informational purposes. We do not recommend additional action at the moment.
Vaccine Misinformation Guide

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Vaccine Misinformation Guide

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