On October 28, actor Matthew Perry was found unresponsive in his hot tub. In the wake of Perry’s death, social media users are speculating that his death was related to the COVID-19 vaccine. Similar statements have circulated in the past when other celebrities or notable figures have died.
Risk level: Medium
Recommendation: Social media posts questioning the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine may promote vaccine hesitancy. It is recommended doctors be prepared to answer questions about vaccine safety. Talking points may emphasize that severe reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine are extremely rare and that the COVID-19 vaccine reduces the risk of COVID-19-related hospitalization, death, and long COVID. The CDC continues to recommend staying up to date on COVID-19 vaccines, as the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks.