There is one thing you can believe in when it comes to conspiracy theories, including vaccine conspiracy theories.
“The QAnon theory now connects anti-vaccine, anti-5G conspiracies, antisemitic and anti-migrant tropes, and several bizarre theories that the world is in the thrall of a group of peadophile elites set on global domination in part aided by ritualistic child sacrifice.”Genesis of a Conspiracy Theory: Key Trends in QAnon Activity Since 2017
There will always be another source ready to spread new conspiracy theories as you shut down the old ones…
The latest source of vaccine conspiracy theories, among other things, seems to be QAnon.
QAnon Vaccine Conspiracy Theories
Are you surprised?
“That QAnon, a far right conspiracy theory that originated on 4Chan in 2017, could gain so much prominence might sound ridiculous. Proponents of QAnon believe the government is run by a ring of pedophiles/child-eating cannibals who will ultimately be brought down by Donald Trump. QAnon’s favorite targets are somewhat predictable: the Clintons, George Soros and Bill Gates frequently star in their memes.”How QAnon went mainstream
You shouldn’t be.
Many of the vaccine conspiracy theories about Bill Gates, including those about COVID-19, seem to be coming from QAnon believers.
Few are actually from Q’s posts though, who rarely talks about vaccines.
Still, QAnon has been embraced by many of the folks who push myths, misinformation, and propaganda about vaccines.
“Researchers know that belief in one conspiracy theory can lead to acceptance of others, and powerful social-media recommendation algorithms have essentially turbocharged that process.”It’s too late to stop QAnon with fact checks and account bans
Of course, that’s not really a surprise to most people.
There will always be conspiracy theories about vaccines and folks that will believe them.
In addition to ones about nanotechnology and 5G, other vaccine conspiracy theories that are often associated with QAnon include:
- that COVID-19 vaccines will be used as a method of depopulation
- that COVID-19 vaccines will use gene therapy to make changes in our bodies
- that experts don’t want you to use hydroxychloroquine because Big Pharma wants to sell you an expensive COVID-19 vaccine
- that Bill Gates created the COVID-19 pandemic so that he could implant trackable microchips in everyone using his vaccines
One thing that is a little surprising is that these ‘new’ QAnon vaccine conspiracy theories aren’t really that new. And again, none actually come from posts from Q.
Folks who were already pushing misinformation about vaccines just recycled older ideas and focused them on Bill Gates and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Don’t be fooled.
“To defeat the misinformation hydra, Larson calls on scientists to make engagement authentic — public input should begin with the setting of the research agenda and continue through open dialogue as new concerns emerge.”Vaccines stop diseases safely — why all the suspicion?
Are you really worried about microchips in vaccines?
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