MP makes unsubstantiated claims about vaccine damage

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September 24, 2021

What was claimed

The government has produced extensive information on the extent of vaccine damage, including the yellow card program.

Our verdict

It is misleading to equate yellow card reports with “vaccine damage”. The MHRA is very clear that reports of adverse events after vaccination cannot be treated as confirmed side effects because there is no proven causal link.

What was claimed

Vaccinations against Covid-19 cause far more harm to British citizens than in any other vaccination program in history.

Our verdict

There is no reliable and publicly available data to support this claim. No source was provided to prove his statement.

What was claimed

Ten thousand or more families have suffered “serious damage” as a result of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Our verdict

Again, there is no data available to support this claim and no source has been provided.

What was claimed

Our hospitals have a large number of inpatients who are only there because they took the vaccine.

Our verdict

There is no supporting evidence.

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1 of 4 complaints

On September 17, Conservative MP Sir Christopher Chope introduced the Covid-19 vaccine damage bill for second reading in the House of Commons.

The the bill seeks to force the government to set up an independent review on “the incapacity caused by vaccinations against the Covid-19” and whether people who have experienced severe side effects from the vaccine are able to access adequate compensation.

During the debate, Mr Chope made a number of misleading statements about the Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) Yellow card system, which collects reports on suspected side effects of vaccines. He also made statements about the occupancy of hospitals and the number of families affected by severe side effects from vaccines, which are not supported by official data.

Some of Mr. Chope’s words were echoed by social media accounts opposed to the Covid-19 vaccine and are used to spread disinformation.

Full Fact has contacted Mr Chope’s office on several occasions for more information on his sources, but has not received a response. This is not good enough. When a politician makes a claim, he must be able to substantiate his claim with evidence, so that anyone can verify where it came from and how it is calculated.

Claims about the MHRA

By presenting the bill for second reading, Mr. Chope said:

“The government has produced a lot of information on the extent of damage caused by vaccines. Part of this is reflected in the documents the government produces on those who have applied for compensation or notified under the yellow card system. Basically what the yellow card system shows — from the most recent report, which came out on September 9 and covers the period from December 9 to September 1 — is that there were 435 reports of blood clots. major blood and low platelet counts, including 74 deaths. It shows that there have been 767 cases of inflammation of the heart, a condition almost unheard of in everyday medicine. It shows that there have been some 35,000 reports of menstrual disturbances, and that there are all kinds of other effects described in the full report. Very worryingly, he indicates that there are 1,632 reports of deaths having occurred shortly after vaccination. “

Here, Mr Chope appears to equate “vaccine damage” with reports of adverse events after Covid-19 vaccinations submitted through the MHRA yellow card program.

As we have written many times before, these reports, which can be submitted through members of the public or doctors, cannot be used to reliably say whether a condition was directly caused by the vaccine. .

MHRA own website reports: “It is very important to note that a yellow card report does not necessarily mean that the vaccine caused this reaction or event”.

This add: “Many side effects shown on a yellow card are unrelated to the vaccine or the medicine and it is often a coincidence that they both happened at around the same time.”

As the early roll-out of immunization has focused on the oldest and most vulnerable people in society, it is unfortunately not surprising that there have been 1632 death reports (at the time of Mr Chope’s claim) shortly after the Covid-19 vaccinations – a point that the The MHRA also highlighted.

None of this context was included in Mr. Chope’s request. While the figures he presented are correct in themselves and have been accurately described as “reports,” it is misleading to claim that they can reveal “the extent of vaccine damage. “.

Comparisons with other mass immunization programs

Following this, Mr Chope also stated: “There is much more damage to our citizens as a result of Covid-19 vaccinations than in any other vaccination program in history. ”

It is not clear exactly what Mr Chope was referring to here, but as we have said before, yellow card reports are not a reliable indicator of a causal link between vaccines and “damage caused by vaccines.” vaccines ”. Either way, there is no evidence to prove this claim.

When we asked the MHRA about it, a spokesperson said, “The Covid-19 campaign is on an unprecedented scale, and the MHRA has worked closely with public health partners to ensure that declaration information is integrated into the vaccination process.

“It is important to note that the yellow card data cannot be used to derive side effect rates by product or compare the safety profile of Covid-19 vaccinations, as there are many factors that can influence ADR reports. “

We have asked Mr. Chope for more information about his complaint and will update this article if we receive a response.

Claims 10,000 families have been affected by ‘damage’ from Covid-19 vaccine

In response to a question about the priorities for any investigation into aspects of the pandemic, Mr. Chope said “it seems to suggest that those unhappy families – 10,000 of them, or perhaps more – who have suffered real and serious damage as a result of the good deed [getting a Covid-19 vaccine] should be left lying around for years ”.

We do not know how Mr Chope arrived at the figure of 10,000 families who “suffered real and serious damage” as a result of obtaining the Covid-19 vaccine. He did not provide any source for this claim to Parliament and did not respond when we asked his office for more information.

According to the most recent yellow card data, there have been 363,676 reports of suspected adverse events across the UK since vaccine deployment began. The nature of these relationships varies enormously, reports of pain at the injection site, for example, to cardiac arrest. The MHRA indicates that “the overwhelming majority of reports concern reactions at the injection site (pain in the arm for example) and generalized symptoms such as” flu-like illness “, headaches, chills, fatigue (fatigue), nausea (wanting to vomit), fever, dizziness, weakness, muscle pain and rapid heartbeat.

Mr Chope did not specify what he meant by “actual and serious damage”, so it is not possible to establish which adverse events he was referring to.

As we said before, yellow card reports cannot be used to make claims about confirmed vaccine side effects.

A spokesperson for the MHRA said: “The total number and nature of yellow cards reported so far is not unusual for a new vaccine for which members of the public and healthcare professionals are encouraged to report all. suspected side effect.

“It is known from clinical trials that the most common side effects for all vaccines can occur at a rate of more than 1 in 10 doses (such as local reactions, symptoms resembling transient flu-like symptoms ). Overall, therefore, reporting yellow cards is lower than the reporting rate for possible side effects from clinical trials, although we generally wouldn’t expect all suspected side effects to be reported on yellow cards. “

Says there are “large numbers” of patients hospitalized for vaccine

Towards the end of the debate, Mr Chope said “Our hospitals have a large number of inpatients who are only there because they took the vaccine.”

Full Fact could not find any evidence to support the claim that there are a “large number” of hospital patients who were only admitted because they had taken the Covid-19 vaccine. We have also previously written about incorrect claims that the NHS is ‘overwhelmed’ by the side effects of Covid-19 vaccines.

Again, we have asked Mr. Chope for the evidence to support his claim and will update the article if we receive a response.

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