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.

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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A new JAMA study found that COVID-19 remains deadlier than the flu, with 35 percent higher mortality in hospitalized patients between October 2023 and March 2024. Although the overall risk of death from COVID-19 has declined over time, it is still “substantially higher” than the risk of death from the flu. The study contradicts common narratives on social media that falsely claim that COVID-19 is “just like the flu.” 

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Several social media posts resurfaced the claim that health insurance programs “bribed” doctors to administer COVID-19 vaccines. A far-right site posted a video of an anti-vaccine doctor “revealing” that “doctors were being bribed to push” the vaccine. 

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In a recent interview, the former White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator stated that thousands of people could potentially have vaccine injuries. The physician did not cite any evidence to support the claim, but some vaccine opponents are circulating it to suggest that actually millions of people have vaccine injuries.

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In court documents from an ongoing lawsuit in the U.K., vaccine manufacturer AstraZeneca acknowledged that the blood clotting condition thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) is a rare risk associated with its COVID-19 vaccine. This story has been misleadingly framed as a “bombshell admission” on social media despite TTS being a known rare risk of both the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines since 2021. AstraZeneca recently withdrew the vaccine from the global market due to a decline in demand, a decision that some vaccine opponents falsely claim is because of the TTS risk.

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Based on early data, the emerging COVID-19 subvariant KP.2, a type of “FLiRT,” appears to be more infectious than the previously dominant JN.1 variant. Experts believe the variant may cause a rise in infections that will be less severe than previous surges. Although some social media users speculated that the variant may be tied to upcoming U.S. elections, most posts were simply sharing information about KP.2.

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A recent New York Times article shares the stories of people who believe they have COVID-19 vaccine-related injuries and the challenges these individuals face. The article also discusses VAERS, research on COVID-19 vaccine safety, and the role the anti-vaccine movement plays in hurting the credibility of vaccine injury reports. In response, vaccine opponents and conspiracists accused the newspaper of “backtracking” about vaccine safety and baselessly claimed that vaccine injuries are underestimated. A popular news anchor revealed his own suspected vaccine injuries, setting off a wave of condemnation of the journalist who “pushed” COVID-19 vaccines and the legacy media that allegedly “concealed” vaccine injuries. 

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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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