A group in Massachusetts has been sharing video testimonies about alleged vaccine injuries. People in the videos state they were coerced into getting the COVID-19 vaccine and subsequently suffered severe health issues. These posts aim to raise support for the bill H734, which would ban vaccine mandates. The group also advocates for S1094, which would stop employers from declining employment due to vaccination status.
Risk level: Medium
Recommendation: While these posts are primarily circulating in vaccine opponent circles, they perpetuate myths about vaccine safety, which may discourage patients from getting the updated COVID-19 vaccine. It is recommended doctors be prepared to answer questions about adverse reactions to vaccines. Messaging 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-term health issues related to long COVID. The CDC continues to recommend staying up to date on COVID-19 vaccines, as the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks.