Does the COVID-19 vaccine contain aborted fetal cells?

Claim: Many Americans have been sharing posts on social media about how the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine contains cells from aborted fetuses.
Rating: This claim is MOSTLY FALSE. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine does not contain any fetal cells. But fetal cell lines were used to develop the vaccine—fetal cell lines are not the same as fetal cells. Fetal cell lines are cells that were replicated in a lab from the cells of an aborted fetus. Fetal cell lines have been commonly used since the 1960s to develop vaccines, and it has been used to develop the measles, chicken pox, and hepatitis A vaccine. The Vatican has also released a statement saying Catholics can receive the J&J vaccine if there are no other COVID-19 vaccines available. 

Is the Pfizer/Moderna COVID-19 vaccine better than the Johnson & Johnson vaccine?

Claim: Many Vietnamese Americans believe that the two-shot vaccines (from manufacturers Pfizer and Moderna) is better than the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 
Rating: This claim is FALSE. All of the vaccines are highly effective at preventing severe COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and death. Many medical experts, including White House advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci, say that the best COVID-19 vaccine is the one that’s available to you.

Does the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine cause blood clots?

Claim: The recent pause of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S. has led many people to believe that the vaccine causes blood clots. 
Rating: This claim is MOSTLY FALSE. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommending a pause on the J&J vaccine does not mean that the vaccine is unsafe. While 15 people who have received the vaccine developed a rare form of blood clot, the CDC did not say that the J&J vaccine causes blood clots. The pause was recommended “out of an abundance of caution,” to figure out what caused the clots, and how doctors should treat patients who develop these clots. Dr. Anthony Fauci has said that the risk of getting a blood clot from the J&J vaccine is less than one in a million. Patients are more likely to get blood clots from COVID-19, or from taking certain medications, such as birth control. On April 23, the CDC reapproved the J&J vaccine for public use, saying the benefits outweigh the risk.

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.” 

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.

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