The studies included in the list do not question the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine

An Australian blog touting “medical freedom” has published a misleading list about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine.

January 20 headline listing reads, “1,000 Peer-Reviewed Studies Questioning COVID-19 Vaccine Safety.”

The list was shared on Facebook and flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat fake news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Learn more about our partnership with facebook.)

It was posted on Informed Choice Australia, which describes itself as “an information portal to help you make the right choice”, and says people have the right “to refuse any treatment that has not completed all required clinical trials, including long-term studies.”

Far from “challenging the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine”, as the claim puts it, many of the studies included in this catalog clearly indicate that the benefits of vaccination against COVID-19 outweigh the low risk of infection. side effects, which are rare. The studies collect, interpret and evaluate data on the adverse effects of COVID-19 vaccines, according to the process with Scientific Research.

The list is grouped by categories of adverse effects, with myocarditis – inflammation of the heart muscle – at the top of the list and 226 related studies cited for this category. The risk of myocarditis from COVID-19 vaccines is low and symptoms are normally mild. In comparison, contracting COVID-19 is “a strong and significant risk factor for myocarditis”, especially in children under 16, According to the CDC.

The very first study on the list, which examined four patients with myocarditis after COVID-19 vaccination, states: “The authors do not seek to thwart vaccination efforts, but rather to prepare patients and providers for a rare adverse event but potential.

Of the top 10 studies listed, almost all included similar language. One of the studies put it like this: “Cases tend to be mild, generally do not require specific interventions, and the potential vaccine risks are outweighed by the well-defined risks of COVID-19 infection.”

For other categories of adverse effects, the list again indicated studies that did not question the safety of COVID-19 vaccines:

  • For cerebral vein thrombosis, a blood clot in the brain, one of the cited studies says the frequency of this reaction after COVID-19 vaccination is “significantly lower” than in patients hospitalized with COVID-19.

  • For anaphylaxis, a allergic reaction which causes narrowing of the airways and blocks breathing, one of the studies stated: “The risk of anaphylaxis to mRNA vaccines is present but extremely low and is outweighed by the benefits of the vaccine.”

The blog says it includes 1,000 studies, but some studies appear more than once, under different adverse effect categories. For example, one study appears in both the anaphylaxis and allergic reaction categories, and several studies appear in the myocarditis and pericarditis subcategories.

One listed adverse reaction, called Sweet’s syndrome – a painful skin rash – cites a single study in a single person.

Our decision

A list posted on a blog has a title that says, “1,000 Peer-Reviewed Studies Questioning COVID-19 Vaccine Safety.”

Many of the studies included in the list clearly indicate that the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccination far outweigh the low risk of side effects, which are rare.

The list says it includes 1,000 studies, but some studies appear on the list more than once, under different categories of adverse effects.

We rate this claim as false.

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