Some social media users with large platforms are sharing posts about a Nevada woman who allegedly died after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. The posts claim the woman’s family was left with $7.5 million in medical bills due to side effects from the vaccines.
Risk level: Medium
Recommendation: These types of posts may discourage Nevada patients from getting the updated COVID-19 vaccine. The current surge in COVID-19 cases elevates the risk. The posts are misleading; it’s up to state and local authorities to determine if an adverse event occurs post-vaccination. Talking points may emphasize that COVID-19 vaccines have been rigorously tested and have been determined to be safe. Adverse reactions are extremely rare. The benefits of vaccination outweigh any potential risks because staying up to date on COVID-19 vaccines helps prevent severe illness, death, and long COVID.