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Welsh health board hits out at ‘disgraceful’ fake news about nurse death after Covid-19 vaccination

08 Jan 2021 2 minute read

A Welsh health board has hit out at what they’re calling “a disgraceful story” circulating on social media which says that one of their nurses died after receiving a Covid-19 vaccination.

The post falsely claimed that a nurse working at Prince Philip Hospital in Llanelli had died on Wednesday two weeks after being vaccinated.

Hywel Dda Health Board, which covers the south-west and mid-west of Wales said that the Covid-19 vaccine was safe, had undergone clinical trials, and would save lives.

Figures released yesterday show that more than 49,403 people had their first dose of the Covid-19 jab in Wales.

“Hywel Dda University Health Board is aware of a disgraceful story circulating online claiming the death of one of our nurses after receiving a COVID-19 vaccination,” a spokesperson said.

“It is utterly irresponsible and deplorable for such false information to be spread about our staff.

“Vaccines are safe, effective and save lives! All vaccines must undergo three stages of clinical trials and be assessed for safety and effectiveness by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) before approved for patient use.

“Both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford AstraZeneca vaccines have been approved for use by the MHRA.”

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