NO: COVID-19 vaccine boosters did not cause the deaths of three doctors who work for the same hospital group in Ontario, Canada. YES: Three doctors who work for Trillium Health Partners, which operates several hospitals in Ontario, died in close succession in July 2022. NO: Their deaths were not “sudden.” YES: Two of the doctors died after battles with cancer, and the third was “seriously ill,” according to his office.
NewsLit takeaway: Disinformation about COVID-19 vaccines often capitalizes on coincidences, including the deaths of celebrities and other public figures, to manufacture “evidence” that supports the false belief that the COVID-19 vaccines are unsafe. In this case, the deaths of three doctors roughly coincided with Ontario expanding access to a fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccines. Be wary of social media posts that seek to forge a false connection between COVID-19 vaccines — which have been widely proven safe and effective — and unrelated events.