Fact Check: Are vaccines the cause for worldwide flight cancellations?

Our weekly check-in with the Texas Truth-O-Meter.

By Jill Terreri Ramos, PolitiFact; Nusaiba Mizan, PolitiFact Texas; radio interview produced by Alexandra Hart January 5, 2022 2:42 pm,

From PolitiFact:

Are vaccines to blame for the cancellations of thousands of flights around the world?

In short, no.

A Facebook user posted a video of a vaccine critic speaking at a conservative conference about the use of vaccines by pilots, and wrote a caption: “why the flights have been shut down worldwide.” The caption included the hashtag “just say no” along with an emoji of a needle.

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.)

Thousands of flights have been canceled in the United States and around the world in recent weeks, but not because COVID-19 vaccines are making pilots sick…

Read the full story and see how the claim scored at PolitiFact, and listen to an interview with PolitiFact Texas’ Nusaiba Mizan in the audio player above.

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