Social media posts repeatedly misuse unverified reports to a federal database designed to detect safety issues in vaccines to falsely claim that COVID-19 vaccines are dangerous. In this video, FactCheck.org and Univision Noticias teamed up to debunk misleading statements spread by Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
Carlson’s claim is based on a misrepresentation of data collected by federal agencies to identify potential safety issues with vaccines. As we have reported, the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, or VAERS, accepts any reports of adverse events following vaccination to help regulators detect potential problems. Anyone can submit a report, whether or not the incident is vaccine-related.
For more details, see our story “Tucker Carlson Misrepresents Vaccine Safety Reporting Data,” which, like the video, is available in English and Spanish.
This video with Univision Noticias is part of a joint project funded by the Google News Initiative to produce bilingual videos and articles about COVID-19 immunization misinformation.
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