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Are children who take a COVID-19 vaccine 52 times more likely to suffer an early death?
4 March 2022
Data does not support this claim. Deaths of children after vaccination are too rare to inform reliable estimates. A temporary increase is possible because children

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Is there a 50% chance of hospitalisation with Omicron if you don’t get a COVID-19 booster jab?
28 February 2022
Data published by the UK Health Security Agency at the time of the claim suggested that with two doses, vaccine effectiveness against hospitalisation due to

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COVID-19 vaccinations: fertility and pregnancy
5 August 2021
The issue of how COVID-19 vaccines may impact fertility and/or pregnancy continues to be live. Health Minister Robin Swann told the Stormont health committee on

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Some suggestions when handling COVID-19 leaflets
30 July 2021
A number of leaflets about COVID-19 vaccines and their safety have been circulating in Northern Ireland. FactCheckNI has previously fact checked many of these claims.

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Pregnancy and COVID-19 vaccines
28 July 2021
On 16 April 2021, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation advised that all pregnant people should be offered the COVID-19 vaccine at the same

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Is the Red Cross refusing blood donations from anyone who has received a COVID-19 vaccination?
27 May 2021
The claim is not accurate. The British Red Cross does not collect or supply blood in the UK. The Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service states

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Long COVID
27 May 2021
“Long COVID” or “ongoing COVID” are terms given to those who remain ill with COVID-19 for a period of time longer than four weeks. The

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COVID-19 vaccinations: fertility and pregnancy
13 April 2021
The issue of how COVID-19 vaccines may impact fertility and/or pregnancy continues to be live. Health Minister Robin Swann told the Stormont health committee on

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Is Northern Ireland one of the most locked-down places in the world?
24 February 2021
According to a “Government Stringency Index”, the UK has one of the strictest lockdown policies in the world, but the Northern Ireland Executive’s response is

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Just 113 COVID-19 deaths in Northern Ireland since the start of the pandemic?
19 February 2021
At face value, the figure is contradicted by other evidence and ignores or misunderstands comorbidity and causes of death. Data shows that by the end

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How does a RT-PCR test for COVID-19 work?
4 February 2021
A video recently shared on Facebook made the claim (at 05:39): “[The] problem with PCR [testing] is that it’s something of a haystack creator in

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COVID-19 and mandatory vaccination
5 January 2021
With the announcement of the rollout of vaccines for COVID-19, there has been discussion on whether it should be made compulsory for individuals to be