Cleveland Clinic study post on Tampa Dispatch flagged by Facebook

On June 11, The Tampa Dispatch published a post on a recent Cleveland Clinic pre-print paper which showed that individuals with previous SARS-CoV-2 infection do not get additional benefits from vaccination.

Check out the paper here: Necessity of COVID-19 vaccination in previously infected individuals

The post highlighted the conclusion of the study: Individuals who have had SARS-CoV-2 infection are unlikely to benefit from COVID-19 vaccination, and vaccines can be safely prioritized to those who have not been infected before.

In addition, a Cleveland Clinic statement that was published on June 9 was included in the post.

Facebook sent the Tampa Dispatch the following message on June 22: Independent fact-checkers at Science Feedback say information in a post shared by is missing context and could mislead people. We’ve added a notice to the post.

This Facebook post is no longer available. It may have been removed or the privacy settings of the post may have changed.

Facebook included the following lengthy feedback: While the Cleveland Clinic study demonstrated that previous infection can effectively prevent COVID-19, these results don’t provide evidence that COVID-19 vaccines are useless for people who already had COVID-19, as many social media posts and articles claimed. Such a claim is unsupported and lacks important context.

Nowhere did the Tampa Dispatch say the “COVID-19 vaccines are useless for people who already had COVID-19″, just it was not likely to add additional benefit to those already infected.

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