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A study of COVID-19 vaccine safety in older adults has been widely circulated and misrepresented by vaccine opponents. The study used FDA, Medicare, and Medicaid data for people ages 65 and up to flag early warning signals for increased risks of certain health conditions following COVID-19 vaccination. The study identified four signals that marginally increased following vaccination in this population. However, only one of the four conditions, pulmonary embolism, showed increased risk after accounting for the conditions’ baseline rates and additional factors that contribute to risks, such as age and nursing home residency. Multiple large English and Spanish accounts have falsely proclaimed that the study found that COVID-19 vaccines cause blood clots.

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Several popular social media accounts are promoting the idea that mask mandates and other COVID-19 protections are responsible for the "tripledemic," the current wave of flu, COVID-19, and RSV infections that are overwhelming U.S. hospitals. One post claims that wearing masks weakened children’s immune systems by preventing exposure to germs, making them more susceptible to infections. This claim directly contradicts the anti-mask belief that masks are ineffective at preventing disease transmission. Another widely shared post says that COVID-19 restrictions have “dampened immune systems.”

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Two prominent anti-vaccine figures had their social media accounts reinstated last week. The accounts were suspended earlier this year for repeated violations of the platform’s COVID-19 misinformation policy, which is no longer being enforced. Upon returning to the platform, both people immediately began promoting misinformation about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines. Vaccine opponents and COVID-19 skeptics celebrated the return of the figures as a sign that public opinion is shifting in their favor. 

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Less than a week after a New Zealand baby whose parents attempted to refuse vaccinated blood received life-saving surgery, a mother in the U.S. is claiming that her one-month-old baby died because of a blood transfusion from COVID-19-vaccinated donors. The story has been picked up by right-wing and anti-vaccine sites despite the lack of evidence to support it. According to the baby’s mother, he had surgery for a throat condition in February, developed a blood clot shortly after, and died two weeks later. He received a blood transfusion during surgery, and although there is no way to know the vaccination status of blood donors, the parents and anti-vaccine advocates have insisted that vaccinated blood killed the baby.

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A case in New Zealand underscores the real-world impact of anti-vaccine misinformation. The parents of a 6-month-old with a congenital heart defect refused life-saving surgery for the baby unless they could ensure that only blood from unvaccinated people was used. Doctors insisted that the demand was impractical because the baby would likely need plasma that is pooled from multiple donors and New Zealand blood banks don’t screen donations by vaccination status. A judge ordered that the baby be temporarily placed in the custody of the hospital. The baby’s surgery was completed on Friday, and he is reportedly doing well and recovering with his parents in the hospital. The case has ignited anti-vaccine groups worldwide who argue that parents should have the final say in their child’s health—even at the expense of the child’s life.

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A popular right-wing figure with millions of social media followers continued promotion of the debunked documentary that falsely claims COVID-19 vaccines have caused mass death and are part of a depopulation plan. The commentator claimed that vaccines are a “crime against humanity."

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A conservative newspaper has accused the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), a professional association for pediatricians in the U.S., of “hijacking” pediatrics, due to the organization's supportive stance on childhood vaccinations and gender-affirming care. The article criticizes the AAP for recommending COVID-19 vaccines, masks, and gender-affirming care for children.

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A group of 21 governors has come out in opposition to the military’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement, claiming that it is making recruitment and retention of service members more difficult. The governor’s letter repeats President Biden’s misleading claim that the pandemic is over to support the end of the mandate. Although the statement is not misinformation, it has fueled a weeklong discussion about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines, resurfacing myths that they are experimental, dangerous, or ineffective against COVID-19.

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An article on a conspiracy news site that frequently misrepresents COVID-19 data is claiming that vaccinated children are 137 times more likely to die than unvaccinated children, suggesting that COVID-19 vaccines are deadly. The claim is based on raw data from the U.K. Office for National Statistics. 

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Several right-wing and anti-vaccine sites are promoting an international movement to open unvaccinated blood banks. Anti-vaccine conspiracists insist that blood from people who have received COVID-19 vaccinations is harmful to unvaccinated people, despite the complete absence of evidence to support their claim. The demand for “clean” or “pure” blood has had real-world consequences, such as the New Zealand parents who are delaying life-saving heart surgery for their baby until they can guarantee that the infant will not receive blood from vaccinated donors.

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Alerts are categorized as high, medium, and low risk.
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  • 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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