Have ‘1 in 9 Vaccinated Adolescents Suffered a Severe Adverse Reaction’ From the Pfizer Vaccine?
A viral Facebook post from Physicians for Informed Consent, self-described as a “nonprofit organization focused on science and statistics,” claims that “1 in 9 vaccinated adolescents suffered a severe adverse reaction” from the Pfizer/BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine.
This is a false claim.
The clinical trial data PIC links to in their Short-Term Efficacy & Safety Data sheet shows not 1 in 9 vaccinated trial participants experiencing serious adverse events, but 5 out of 1,131—or roughly .4 percent of trial participants who received the vaccine. The CDC defines a serious adverse event as “Death, life-threatening event, hospitalization, incapacity to perform normal...