Aaron Bernstein

Associate Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment

The Science Feedback team

CLAIM REVIEWS

Clinical trials and post-trial monitoring show that COVID-19 vaccines reduce the spread and occurrence of the disease

CLAIM
COVID-19 vaccines are experimental and don’t prevent infection or transmission; most of us have a 0.05% chance of dying from COVID-19

SOURCE: Facebook user, Facebook

Published: 10 Apr 2021

VERDICT

Clinical trials showed that the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is safe; its side effects are mostly mild

CLAIM
"80% of people taking the Moderna vaccine had significant side effects"; "children in Sudan got polio from the polio vaccine"

SOURCE: Joe Rogan, The Joe Rogan Experience

Published: 26 Mar 2021

VERDICT

Oxygen in the air doesn’t prevent people from getting tetanus through cuts with dirty or rusty objects; the vaccine is important to prevent infection

CLAIM
"The tetanus bacteria is an anaerobic bacteria. That means that it cannot live in the presence of oxygen. You cannot get tetanus by stepping on a rusty nail."

SOURCE: Steven Baker, Facebook

Published: 15 Mar 2021

VERDICT