Did Donald Trump Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Claim: CNN and The New York Times reported that Former President Donald Trump and former first lady Melania Trump received the COVID-19 vaccine at the White House in January 2021. But Trump has not confirmed publicly whether or not he’s received the vaccine.
Rating: The claim that Trump received the vaccine is TRUE. Fox News has also confirmed that Trump was vaccinated. In an interview with Fox, Trump said he would recommend people get the COVID-19 vaccine. “I would recommend it to a lot of people that don’t want to get it and a lot of those people voted for me, frankly,” he said. “It is a great vaccine. It is a safe vaccine and it is something that works.” 

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Do Vietnamese-Americans not need to worry about anti-Asian hate crimes?

Claim: Many Vietnamese-Americans believe that the current wave of hate crimes against Asian Americans in the U.S. does not affect them.
Rating: This claim is FALSE. According to a study from Stop API Hate, in 2020, there were 3,795 incidents of hate crimes against Asian-Americans. A majority of those were directed towards Chinese Americans. But 8.5% was aimed at Vietnamese-Americans (or around 322 incidents). Hate crimes against Asian-Americans increased 150% in 2020, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more to find out how Vietnamese-Americans can combat this deadly epidemic.

Is the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine less safe?

Claim: Many Vietnamese-Americans believe that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is not as safe as the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines because it only requires one shot and has a lower efficacy level.
Rating: This claim is FALSE. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is 85% effective in preventing COVID-19 hospitalizations and 100% effective in preventing COVID-19-related deaths, according to a number of health experts including Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Have people died after being vaccinated for COVID-19?

Claim: Many Vietnamese Americans believe that people have died after being vaccinated for COVID-19. 
Rating: This claim is FALSE. No deaths have been attributed to the COVID-19 vaccines, while more than 500,000 people have died from contracting COVID-19. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reports of death following vaccination do not necessarily mean the vaccine caused the death.

Do you really need to get both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine?

Claim: Some Vietnamese-Americans believe that you do not need to get both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, and that the additional second dose is unnecessary, serving to only benefit pharmaceutical companies.
Rating: This claim is FALSE. It depends on which vaccine you are getting. Three COVID-19 vaccines have been authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in the United States, one made by Pfizer, the other by Moderna, and the third by Johnson & Johnson. According to the Centers for the Disease Control, for the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, two doses are required to achieve 95% efficacy level. The first dose helps the immune system create a response against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The second dose further boosts the immune response to increase the protection to 95%. The vaccines, from all three manufactures, are also provided free of charge by the federal government; it should not cost you any money to get vaccinated.

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