False: The NHS removed information about myocarditis from its website.

By: Gayathri Loka
October 19 2022

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False: The NHS removed information about myocarditis from its website.


The Verdict False

Information about myocarditis is still available on the NHS website. Other information on the page is regularly updated.

Claim ID e4cc8464


Misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic is still spreading and continues to increase its ambit. Recent social media posts claimed that the U.K. National Health Service (NHS) removed information about myocarditis from their COVID-19 webpage. A tweet reads, "Myocarditis removed from the NHS website Wow we’re too many cases appearing too quickly following a medical experiment on humanity."

In fact:

The NHS page about the side effects of COVID-19 vaccines still has information about myocarditis. According to the NHS, myocarditis is rarely reported after receiving COVID-19 vaccines. "Most people who had this recovered following rest and simple treatments," the website states. 

AFP spoke to the NHS, who said, "In October 2021 we updated the references to read 'Heart inflammation (myocarditis)', and this convention has remained in place since. We continue to publish information in line with the latest clinical guidance."

Myocarditis is inflammation of the heart muscle, according to Mayo Clinic. It can cause chest pains, arrhythmia (irregular heartbeats), and shortness of breath. Since the pandemic, some social media posts have spread medical misinformation about COVID-19 vaccine side effects, and Logically among several other fact-checking organizations have debunked them. 

The verdict:

The NHS has not taken down information about myocarditis from its website. There is still information regarding it on their COVID-19 vaccine's side effect page. Hence, we have marked this claim fake.

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