A recent article alleges the White House was aware that COVID-19 vaccines might have serious side effects and actively attempted to conceal this information. The article claims to have obtained redacted emails through a Freedom of Information Act request, revealing discussions on vaccine safety concerns related to Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (TTS) and myocarditis among White House, CDC, and NIH staff. The article claims the government ignored these concerns and intentionally crafted messages to promote vaccine safety and effectiveness without disclosing potential risks. As a result, social media users are calling for accountability and claiming that COVID-19 vaccines may be responsible for excess deaths worldwide.
Risk level: Medium
Recommendation: Vaccine-induced myocarditis and blood clots are both commonly cited by vaccine opponents to suggest that vaccines are unsafe. These kinds of articles and social media posts may promote vaccine hesitancy, as the public is often confused about when myocarditis and blood clots may occur and why. Doctors may face questions about the risks of vaccines. Healthcare providers may emphasize that cases of post-vaccine myocarditis are extremely rare and usually mild. A COVID-19 infection is more likely to cause myocarditis than a COVID-19 vaccine, and those cases are typically more severe. Additionally, cases of vaccine-induced-TTS are extremely rare. The CDC recommends staying up to date on COVID-19 vaccines, as benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks.