What was claimed
The eight-week interval between vaccine doses is designed to coincide with the immune system’s “reproductive system” so that the second dose can strike the immune system while it is down.
False. There is a gap between vaccine doses because it has been shown to be more effective in protecting against Covid-19. White blood cells have a range of different lifespans.
What was claimed
There is a decrease in the amount of saline solution in the second dose of vaccine compared to the first and an increase in the levels of harmful ingredients.
The MHRA told Full Fact that there was “no difference in composition between the first and second dose.”
What was claimed
The booster vaccines contain 81 strands of foreign bacteria or eight strands of HIV.
The MHRA told Full Fact: “There are no bacteria or strands of HIV in the booster vaccines. “
What was claimed
20-30% of the population will die with each vaccine.
Based on deployments to date, there is no supporting evidence.
What was claimed
Animals in the Covid-19 vaccine trials had a 100% mortality rate.
Experts told Full Fact that animals in this type of trial are normally euthanized and that if the animals had died from the vaccine, human trials would have been halted.
1 of 5 complaints
A video on Instagram makes a number of false or misleading claims about Covid-19 vaccines, including that the vaccination interval is designed to ‘hit’ the immune system when it is particularly vulnerable, different doses of vaccines include the HIV, bacteria or other harmful ingredients, and that 20% of the population will die with the deployment of each vaccine dose. We haven’t verified them all, but here is a selection of the claims we looked at.
The 8 week interval between vaccines is not used to ‘hit’ the immune system while it is down
The Instagram video claims that it takes the body eight weeks to produce new white blood cells. He says the interval between the first and second dose of vaccine is therefore designed to ‘hit’ the immune system while it is down, because he claims that the first vaccine decreases the body’s ability to produce white blood cells. by 50%. There is no supporting evidence.
White blood cells help the body defend itself against infection and disease. These blood cells have different lifespans, ranging from a few hours to several years, and the production of white blood cells is an ongoing process. NHS Blood & Transplant says that when you donate blood, and therefore lose white blood cells, your body stimulates their production and the levels return to normal within a few days.
It is true that the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) currently recommends a minimum interval of eight weeks between the first and second dose of available Covid-19 vaccines.
The Green Paper, which provides healthcare professionals with the latest information on vaccinations, says the consistent interval should be used for all vaccines in order to “avoid confusion” and “make booking easier”.
In addition, he says, this interval will help ensure a good balance between obtaining fast and long-lasting protection ”. It refers to studies that have shown better immune responses with longer intervals between vaccine doses.
There is no change in the ingredients of the vaccine between the first and second dose
The video claims that there is a reduced amount of saline in the second dose of vaccine and an increase in “harmful” ingredients.
The Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) told Full Fact: “The same COVID-19 vaccines are used for the first, second and, if applicable, third booster vaccine.
“The same vial can be used for any of these three uses, so there is no difference in composition between the first and second dose. “
There are not 81 strands of foreign bacteria in the first booster, and there are not eight strands of HIV in the second booster.
The Instagram video shows that there are 81 strands of foreign bacteria in the first booster and eight strands of HIV in the second booster vaccine. This is not true.
It is not known where the claims originate from. In December 2020, there was a report about a canceled Covid-19 vaccine trial in Australia. The trial vaccine contained a small component derived from HIV. This was unable to cause HIV infection, but elicited an antibody response, which means some trial participants had false positive HIV test results. This vaccine trial has been completed and is not in use in the UK at all.
The JCVI advised a preference for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for the booster program, regardless of which vaccine someone initially had.
He said that, alternatively, a half-dose of the Moderna vaccine may be offered, or when mRNA vaccines cannot be offered, the AstraZeneca vaccine may be considered for those who have received it before.
The Pfizer vaccine and Moderna vaccines do not contain bacteria or virus particles. They do not contain HIV.
The AstraZeneca vaccine does not contain bacteria. It uses a weakened version of a common chimpanzee cold virus that has been modified so that it cannot replicate itself or cause disease. It is a totally different virus from the HIV virus.
Dr Stephen Griffin, virologist and associate professor at the Leeds Institute for Medical Research, told us that there was “no HIV present” in the vaccines.
He added: “There are no bacteria inside because such contamination is rigorously tested, as part of quality control, and you would expect to see infections in the vaccinated… it doesn’t. is clearly not produced ”.
The MHRA also told Full Fact: “There are no bacteria or strands of HIV in the booster vaccines. “
20-30% of the population will not die with the deployment of each dose
The video seems to suggest that 20-30% of the population will die after the introduction of each dose or booster of vaccine, although this is not entirely clear. The evidence does not support this from the vaccine rollout so far.
Until October 14, 2021, more than 49 million people in the UK have received their first dose of Covid-19 vaccine, and over 45 million have received a second.
The MHRA Yellow Card System is a reporting system that allows healthcare professionals and members of the public to report suspected reactions to drugs or vaccinations that occurred at the time of administration. In the latest data, which covers the period up to October 6, he received reports of 72 deaths related to blood clots and low platelets that occurred after vaccination with the AstraZeneca vaccine. There have been 1,719 yellow card reports in which there was a death shortly after vaccination.
The MHRA says that many of these events happen by chance, due to the large number of people vaccinated, and are not necessarily all the result of the vaccine.
The MHRA told Full Fact: “Initial data made available to JCVI indicates that booster doses of COVID-19 vaccines are generally well tolerated and provide a substantial increase in vaccine-induced immune responses. “
Animals in Covid-19 vaccine trials did not die unexpectedly
The video claims that the animals involved in the Covid-19 vaccine studies had a 100% death rate. This may be true, but is probably not due to the effects of the vaccine.
We have already written about it. Chris Magee, head of policy and media at the British association Understanding Animal Research (UAR), previously told Full Fact that in the case of Covid-19 vaccines, data already existed to indicate that the vaccines were safe, which which allowed researchers to run animals alongside the early stages of human trials.
If the animals had died in this process, he said, human trials would have been immediately halted. The fact that they were not indicates that the animals did not die unexpectedly.
He also told Full Fact that animals used in drug trials are typically euthanized, so scientists can examine their internal organs for signs of pathology.
In addition, a spokesperson for Pfizer previously denied the allegations to Reuters. They highlighted a September 2020 press release on the effects of their mRNA vaccine in mice and non-human primates and a February 2021 article on its vaccine in primates.
AstraZeneca has published similar articles regarding its research on mice and non-human primates. Moderna has also published information about its animal trials.
None of these publications describes concerns arising from the results of animal studies.