Why do some people think that the COVID-19 vaccines shed?
The usual suspects…
SARS Wars – Return of the Shedder
From Larry Palevsky and Sherri Tenpenny to Leila Centner, we know most of the folks who are pushing the myth of shedding with COVID-19 vaccines.
But where did it get started?
How did it get started?
No, it didn’t start with Naomi Wolf…
And the talk of shedding didn’t even start with reports of women having bleeding or clotting after getting vaccinated or being around someone who had recently been vaccinated.
It was folks simply worried about shedding…
And then folks using misinformation and propaganda about shedding to justify their not choosing to get vaccinated and protected.
So the idea of shedding got started in Facebook groups about COVID-19 vaccine side effects?
It certainly helped prime a lot of these folks to believe that shedding was behind new reports of COVID-19 side effects. Well, not new reports of known side effects – reports of possible side effects from the MHRA Yellow Card Scheme in the UK (like VAERS in the US).
What side effects?
As in VAERS though, there are no reports of signals from the MHRA Yellow Card Scheme to suggest an increased risk of miscarriage from COVID-19 vaccines!
This all merged with another phenomena…
Some women were reporting irregular periods after having their COVID-19 vaccines! Just like many women were reporting irregular periods during the COVID-19 lockdowns…
While this is perhaps a real side effect, there soon came reports of lots of other women having irregular periods who had not been vaccinated.
Shedding of course!
The anti-vaccine community had been talking about shedding for months already though, well they always talk about shedding…
But now they had a way to tie this to their propaganda that placenta proteins are similar to spike proteins and could cause infertility!
And that the COVID-19 vaccines are a bioweapon that are being used to sterilize everyone???
Of course, none of it really makes any sense, except maybe that recently vaccinated women are having irregular periods. That might be a real thing that is being further studied.
So now we have this perfect storm of people who are scared about COVID-19 vaccine side effects and shedding, with others jumping in to take advantage of those fears to push wild conspiracy theories.
All the while we are still in the middle of a life-threatening pandemic that will only be stopped if more people get vaccinated and protected. A pandemic that has killed millions of people and continues to flare up wherever it can.
Can we stop any of it?
One thing is for sure. We can’t stop these kinds of myths if we don’t know where they are coming from…
Did the idea that shedding was affecting the menstrual cycles of some unvaccinated women start organically as some of them talked about it? Almost certainly not. The myth of shedding as always been there and it took off in anti-vaccine groups on Facebook and Instagram, aided by conspiracy theory videos from the usual suspects.
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