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misleading Fake poster warning of 'rare side effects' of Covid-19 vaccine dismissed by health authorities

"Any poster about the vaccination against Covid-19 that claims that it corresponds to the HPRA is very likely to be fabricated and contain false or misleading information"

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The fake poster doing the rounds on social media

The fake poster doing the rounds on social media

The fake poster doing the rounds on social media

A fake poster warning of "rare side effects" of the Covid-19 vaccine has been shared hundreds of times in various languages across social media. 

The text on the poster thanks all those “who have come forward to receive their Covid-19 vaccination”.

It then adds: “Thank you for playing your part in keeping our community safe.”

However, the poster also claims that “rare side effects have caught our attention” and lists them as headaches, menstrual irregularities, Bell's palsy, blood clots, heart attack and sudden death”.

It then asks people to "Please report any side effects to the Health Products Regulatory Authority - www.hpra.ie and consult your GP.”

At the bottom right corner, the Irish Government logo appears alongside the Irish words: “Muintir na hEireann” and "People of Ireland”.

However, in response to the AFP which contacted them for comment, Siobhan Molloy, a spokeswoman for the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA), which regulates medicines and other products for humans and animals, said they did not publish the posters.

“The HPRA does not produce vaccination posters against Covid-19,” she has been quoted as saying.

“Any poster about the vaccination against Covid-19 that circulates - whether printed or on social networks - and that claims that it corresponds to the HPRA is very likely to be fabricated and contain false or misleading information.”

She added that the Health Executive Service (HSE) publishes official information related to Covid-19, including posters and other resources.

"Although not experienced by everyone, all vaccines have some side effects, but the nature of most is that they are mild to moderate," Ms Molloy said.

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"Those who were vaccinated are less likely to have severe Covid-19 disease or require hospital care.”

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