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• The ingredients of COVID-19 vaccines are published and do not include HIV.
• The vaccine ingredients do not change between doses. Each shot in the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series, including the booster, has the same ingredients.
"The second booster has eight strains of HIV," says one Feb. 2 post on Facebook. It also says, "81 strains of foreign bacteria! 23% of the population is gonna die."
The post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)
The person who shared the Facebook post linked to a video in the comments that appears to be where the false information originated. The video is manipulated; it includes footage from an October 2020 report by Vice with different audio from the original video, according to Health Feedback. The audio that was substituted comes from a video by a Canadian group, Together As One, that opposes COVID-19-related public health measures.
Though the Facebook post says the second booster contains eight "strains" of HIV, in the video, a female narrator seems to say "strands" rather than strains. The narrator also says the strands of HIV "completely shuts off your ability to make white blood cells, and if you Google what that disease is, it is HIV."
The post’s reference to a "second booster" is also misleading. The mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are a two-shot primary series with a recommended third shot that is a booster.
The vaccine ingredients do not change between doses, though the size of the dose can vary. Each shot in the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series, including the booster, has the same ingredients, according to information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and reporting by WCNC Charlotte.
A Facebook post says, "The second booster has eight strains of HIV."
The ingredients of COVID-19 vaccines are published and do not include HIV.
The vaccine ingredients do not change between doses. Each shot in the COVID-19 vaccine mRNA vaccine series, including the booster, has the same ingredients.
We rate this claim Pants on Fire!
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots," updated Feb. 2, 2022
Facebook post, Feb. 2, 2022
Facebook video, Jan. 9, 2022
FullFact, "There is no HIV in the Covid-19 vaccines," Oct. 15, 2021
Health Feedback, "No, COVID-19 vaccines don’t contain bacteria and HIV; the vaccines enhance the body’s ability to respond to pathogens, not reduce it," Nov. 11, 2021
PolitiFact, "COVID-19 vaccines do not contain graphene, are not experimental and have published ingredients," Jan. 24, 2022
PolitIFact, "No, the COVID-19 vaccines do not cause AIDS," Dec. 15, 2021
U.S. Food & Drug Administration, FACT SHEET FOR THE JANSSEN COVID-19 VACCINE, Updated Jan. 31, 2022
U.S. Food & Drug Administration, FACT SHEET FOR MODERNA COVID-19 VACCINE, Updated Jan. 31, 2022
U.S. Food & Drug Administration, VACCINE INFORMATION FACT SHEET FOR PFIZER-BIONTECH COVID-19 VACCINE, Updated Jan. 31, 2022
WCNC Charlotte, "VERIFY: Is there a difference between COVID-19 vaccine dose one and two?" Jan. 18, 2021
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