Anti-vaxxers are using a false picture of COVID vaccine trial patient’s foot to spread fake news
After months of anticipation, different countries started rolling out COVID 19 vaccines. The formulation of more than 95% effective vaccines by different countries gave people hope that the deadly virus would soon meet its end, at least until the anti-vaxxer’s propaganda surfaced.
For the past few weeks, anti-vaxxer’s propaganda has been at its peak, promoting uncertainty among the masses regarding the vaccine. Unfortunately, 30 years Texas-based woman Patricia Chandler, fell prey to this scheme.
Recently Patricia shared pictures of her feet, covered with purple and red sores. Patricia is suffering from an unknown skin condition, but anti-vaccine activists are exploiting her images to fuel their campaign. Consequently, these controversial pictures of hers are provoking doubts among the masses regarding the safety and efficacy of the vaccine.
According to Chandler, she participated in Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine trials and was given a placebo. Following this trial, she started feeling intense pain in her feet, followed by the eruption of the massive blisters on her heels.
Patricia added that consulted a doctor on her condition. But, the doctor diagnosed it as some mysterious skin disease.
In this regard, the doctor reported that Patricia developed the disease due to a reaction to a medicine. But, the anti-vaxxers are using her images on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to back the claim that Patricia’s blistered feet were the result of the vaccine.
“See they are trying to deliberately hurt us with the vaccine,” one tweet stated.
According to a BBC report, it is right that Chandler was a part of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine trials. But she was given a placebo (saltwater injection) rather than the real vaccine.
30 year Chandler had already been suffering from a back problem. When she was diagnosed with an unknown skin condition, her cousin, Rebecca Moore created a GoFundMe page for her to get help from donors.
Rebecca posted Patricia’s feet pictures with pus spilling blisters on her page. But when anti-vaccine activists found the images, they tried every possible thing to connect her skin disease with vaccine trials.
However, the medical specialists rejected the critic’s claim and confirmed that saltwater injection could not cause foot blisters. They said that even if she was given the real vaccine, she would not have developed any severe reaction. Apart from the doctors, Chandler also nullified these claims. Talking to BBC News, she said
“My injury had nothing to do with the vaccine. My bad. People make mistakes”.
But, the activists seem not to be convinced as they continue to use her images to dissuade people from getting COVID -19 vaccine.