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How Misinformation About COVID Vaccines and Pregnancy Took Root Early On and Why It Won’t Go Away

Even before the COVID-19 vaccine was authorized, there was a plan to discredit it. Leaders in the anti-vaccination movement attended an online conference in October 2020 — two months before the first shot was administered — where one speaker presented on “The 5 Reasons You Might Want to Avoid a COVID-19 Vaccine” and another referred to the “untested, unproven, very toxic vaccines.” But that was only the beginning. Misinformation seeped into every corner of social media, onto Facebook feeds and into Instagram images, pregnancy apps and Twitter posts. Pregnant people emerged as a target.