The claim: A 2-year-old girl in Virginia died after receiving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine during clinical trials
As pharmaceutical companies test vaccine effectiveness in adolescents and young children, a post has surfaced on social media claiming a 2-year-old girl in Virginia died after receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize the Pfizer vaccine for adolescents ages 12-15 by mid-May, however, studies for children ages 6 months to 11 years are still underway.
The claim originated in an April 30 article from Natural News shared as a screen grab to Facebook on May 1 and headlined, “Two-year-old baby DIES during Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine experiments on children.”
The article claims the child received her second dose of Pfizer’s vaccine on Feb. 25, suffered “some kind of serious adverse reaction” on March 1 and passed away on March 3. The report also said she had been hospitalized since Feb. 14, suggesting “she may have gotten sick from the first shot.”
The claim relies entirely on an entry from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the FDA’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), which allows anyone to submit an unverified report.
In a message to USA TODAY, the user cited Natural News, which is rated by Media Bias/ Fact Check as a “questionable source based on the promotion of quackery…