A British media website has referred to the COVID-19 vaccine surveillance report week 10 released by the UK Health Security Agency to claim that triple vaccinated people will develop acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). We fact-checked and found the claim to be False.
On March 10, 2022 the UK Health Security Agency published a report titled, “COVID-19 vaccine surveillance report”.
Referring to the report, a British media website named DailyExpose published an article titled, “Whilst you’ve been distracted by Russia-Ukraine, the UK Government quietly published data confirming the Triple Vaccinated are just weeks away from developing Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome”.
What is COVID-19 vaccine surveillance report?
The COVID-19 vaccine surveillance is a weekly report released by the UK Health Security Agency to study vaccine effectiveness that can help analyse better the impact of Covid-19 vaccines in less than perfectly controlled conditions.
Highlighting the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine surveillance, the report states, “Ongoing monitoring of the vaccines as they are rolled out in the population is important to continually ensure that clinical and public health guidance on the vaccination programme is built upon the best available evidence”.
But this report also clearly claims that ‘no vaccine is 100% effective’ and has explained the interpretation of its data on page number 39.
What causes HIV-AIDS?
The HIV.gov website has shown that AIDS is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) which is ‘spread by contact with certain bodily fluids of a person with HIV, most commonly during unprotected sex, or through sharing injection drug equipment’. Moreover, The Healthy Indian Project (THIP) has already fact checked that there is no Covid-19 vaccine counterpart of AIDS in detail.
Does the report claim that people with triple vaccination will develop AIDS?
No. The report nowhere mentioned that people with triple vaccination will develop AIDS. On the contrary, the report analysed vaccine effectiveness by showing data on ‘COVID-19 cases, hospitalisations and deaths by vaccination status’.
The report clearly claims that, “this raw data should not be used to estimate vaccine effectiveness as the data does not take into account inherent biases present such as differences in risk, behaviour and testing in the vaccinated and unvaccinated populations” on page number 3. This means, it is possible that the UKSHA report has both underestimated and overestimated the number of covid cases in England.
Hence, the report itself does not suggest using the statistics to draw upon irrational inferences.
The CDC website has also shown the way vaccines work to suggest that vaccines help our bodies develop immunity against the virus. This means, vaccines boost the immunity not weaken it to cause illness.
Does the COVID-19 vaccine surveillance report show Covid vaccines have negative efficiency?
No. The Covid surveillance report only collated the available data on vaccine effectiveness to show that the ability of the vaccine to kill covid virus wanes over time. Due to this, another dose of vaccine is important. The Gov.uk and CDC websites have also highlighted the importance of topping up your immunity with booster shots. CDC has also published a paper to underscore the need for the third dose.
Besides this, UKSHA website has also released a blog explaining all the biases that makes their data prone to misinterpretation. In context with the data on the COVID-19 case rates in those who are vaccinated and unvaccinated, this blog clearly states that ‘you cannot use the rates to determine how well the vaccines work’.
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