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.

A short video clip circulating online claims to show the founder and CEO of a major social media platform warning his staff not to get COVID-19 vaccines because they can modify DNA. The clip is from a July 2020 virtual meeting, but posts sharing the clip falsely claim it is from August 2021.

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A 25-year-old recent pharmacy school graduate who helped run vaccine clinics died of unknown causes late last year. Some vaccine opponents immediately speculated that the death was related to COVID-19 vaccines. Several weeks after the woman’s death, her father suffered an aortic dissection, a tear on the lining of the major blood vessel in the heart. The same bad actors are now claiming that both deaths were vaccine-related.

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A website that is a frequent source of COVID-19 misinformation and conspiracy theories claims the CDC “quietly” published a report that revealed 118,000 young adults “died suddenly” following the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines.

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The CDC investigated a potential link between the Pfizer bivalent COVID-19 booster and increased stroke risk in older adults. The investigation found no increased stroke risk. Several news headlines noted the potential link but not the result of the investigation. As a result, vaccine opponents are falsely claiming that the CDC found a link.

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A widely circulated video features several false claims about COVID-19 vaccines, including that people who are fully vaccinated and boosted are more susceptible to COVID-19 than the unvaccinated. The video also falsely claims that COVID-19 vaccines are untested and are used to treat strep A bacteria infections, which cause strep throat and scarlet fever.

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A widely shared social media thread and blog post claim that a member of Pfizer’s board of directors contacted the platform’s public policy manager to flag a post promoting natural immunity over vaccine immunity. The post in question claimed that immunity from COVID-19 infection was far superior to immunity from vaccination and that those who have had COVID-19 should be exempt from vaccination requirements. The post, which was not supported by scientific evidence, was flagged as misleading.

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A social media account that has downplayed the seriousness of COVID-19—and was previously suspended for promoting misinformation—shared a text message purportedly from a former NFL player. The text states that the person believes the vaccine is responsible if they die or have a heart attack. A post sharing the image claims that we will see the impact of the vaccine in the next few years.

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Articles and social media posts are claiming that hundreds of athletes have collapsed or died after receiving COVID-19 vaccines. The number varies from post to post, but a common claim seems to be that around 1,600 athletes have been impacted. The claim is based on an article that uses unverified “data” on athlete deaths and compares these unsourced numbers to a 2006 peer-reviewed study of sudden deaths in athletes under the age of 35.

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After a football player went into cardiac arrest during a Monday night football game, social media users and several newsletter writers spread false claims that the player’s cardiac arrest was due to COVID-19 vaccines. Others speculated without evidence that while the player’s injury could have had another cause, perhaps vaccination made it worse.

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A website that publishes hoax news stories claimed that the government of Japan is investigating millions of deaths supposedly caused by COVID-19 vaccines. The post has been widely shared, including by several high-profile anti-vaccine figures.

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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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