Social media users have been sharing a video in which a man makes misleading claims about COVID-19 vaccines during a school board meeting in Oxford, Ohio.
In a video from the Aug. 16, 2021 Talawanda Ohio Board of Education meeting (here), a man who identifies himself as Dr Sean Brooks PhD speaks during a discussion about COVID-19 protocol.
During his speech – that was isolated in the social media posts – the author makes various claims. Some are misleading, and some are false.
‘PEOPLE WHO HAVE TAKEN mRNA VACCINES WILL DIE IN THE NEXT SIX MONTHS TO 3-5 YEARS’
There have been no reports of mass deaths from the COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S. since vaccinations began in December 2020 (here).
The U.S has administered at least 363,915,792 doses of COVID vaccines so far (here).
‘VACCINES DECREASE NATURAL IMMUNE SYSTEM. IF YOU TAKE A BOOSTER YOU WILL DIE’
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), vaccines work with the body’s immunity, not against it (here).
Living a healthy lifestyle also does not guarantee immunity from COVID-19. Reuters explored this in more detail in a previous article, here .
The U.S. government plans to make COVID-19 vaccine booster shots widely available starting on Sept. 20 as infections rise from the coronavirus Delta variant, citing data indicating diminishing protection from the vaccines over time (here).
‘ANTIBODY DEPENDENT ENHANCEMENT HAPPENS TO EVERYONE WHO’S BEEN VAXXED’
There is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines cause ADE, as explained in a previous fact-checking article, here .
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia explains here that Antibody-dependent Enhancement (ADE) “occurs when the antibodies generated during an immune response recognize and bind to a pathogen, but they are unable to prevent infection” and actually act as a vessel and can cause the worsening of a disease.
Mitigating ADE has been a priority in COVID-19 vaccine development, according to experts at Meedan’s Health Desk (here). Some strategies during this process include monitoring and evaluating animal and human trials for ADE, looking over real-world COVID-19 infection data, and “specifically targeting a SARS-CoV-2 protein that was the least likely to cause ADE in early vaccine design.”
‘EVERYONE WHO HAS TAKEN THE JAB HAS BLOOD CLOTTING’
Blood clotting has not been verifiably recorded in mRNA vaccine recipients (here).
A small number of cases have been recorded and scientists are considering a possible link between Astra Zeneca and J&J vaccines and blood clots. More on COVID-19 vaccines and blood clots can be seen here and here .
‘CHILDREN AND PEOPLE ARE BEING STERILIZED BY THE VACCINE’
A Reuter’s fact check on COVID-19 vaccines not affecting sperm can be seen here . Evidence at the time showed that while COVID-19 infection may damage men’s fertility, there was no credible scientific evidence supporting the claim that mRNA COVID-19 vaccines damage men’s sperm.
Dr Larry Scott Spiegelman from Baptist Health South Florida said in an August 6 article (here) that “there’s no evidence for infertility related to the vaccine.” According to the physician, several studies have compared sperm counts both before and after receiving COVID-19 vaccines and no changes were noted.
Another fact check article on how vaccines are not linked to infertility can be seen here .
‘80% OF WOMEN WHO HAVE BEEN VAXXED LOST THEIR CHILDREN IN FIRST TRIMESTER’
A Reuters article debunking this specific claim is visible here .
The data presented in a study was misinterpreted by social media users online: the miscarriage rate in the (preliminary) study was below the rate of miscarriage in the general population.
Studies show a mother can actually pass immunity on to her baby (here).
Misleading. Some of the claims made in this video are false or missing context.
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