A woman has gone viral on TikTok this week after sharing a video claiming that complications from the Covid vaccine had given her other health issues. Despite this, a fact-checking website called Logically has ‘debunked’ those claims.
As of August 2021, roughly 47 million UK citizens have had their first vaccine dose, which is nearly 90% of the adult population.
Almost 41 million have had both doses, meaning Britain has one of the most successful vaccine rollout programmes in the world.
The most common side effects from the vaccines, as outlined by the NHS, are a sore arm, headache, aches, nausea and tiredness.
Who is Queen City Dom?
Dominique, or Queen City Dom as she’s known online, is a TikTok user with 227,000 followers.
The North Carolina native joined the app this month, moving across from Instagram, to claim that the Covid vaccine caused her health to drastically decline.
Her video has now had over 10.1 million views.
What fact-checking AI website Logically has said
A nurse and influencer called Erin reposted Dominique’s story on Instagram in support on Monday (August 16th). However, her post has been flagged as “partly false information” by fact-checking website Logically.
Logically says that Dominque’s symptoms occurred two weeks after receiving the Pfizer vaccine, and are therefore unrelated. “There is no mechanism by which a COVID vaccine could cause seizures,” they said.
“Severe side effects from vaccinations occur in about 1 in 500,000 people. The vaccines have no causal links to seizures, tremors, or other neurological symptoms,” they added.
The fact-checkers argue that the information in the video is false, and that Dominique’s symptoms were not caused by the Covid vaccine.
Logically is a UK-based startup that uses AI to detect misinformation and provide a fact-checking service. It was founded in 2017 and aims to combat fake news by tracking sources of disinformation.
Dominique’s Covid vaccine claims
On August 6th, Dominique shared a video montage of medical clips that she claims were complications from the Covid vaccine.
At first, you see her struggling to walk, before having numerous fits and spending lots of time in the hospital.
“Hey there. I know some of you might recognise me from my initial post on Instagram,” she said, referring to an Instagram post that went viral in July 2021.
“I’ve been hiding a lot and not showing exactly what this has done to me, but I’m done hiding, and I’m done being scared,” she continued before claiming it was the Covid-19 vaccine that did this to her.
“There are several stories like mine, the same doctors that told us this was safe, and the same doctors that were bushing us off as if we didn’t matter. It is now time that we are heard, seen and believed.”
She shared her story on a blog
If you want to know further details about her story, Dominique has created a website where she shared exactly what happened to her.
She explained that she was due to move from Las Vegas back to her home state of North Carolina with her fiance when she decided to get the Pfizer vaccine.
Three days later, she claims she felt ill but decided to ignore it. However, two weeks later, she began experiencing excruciating pains in her legs and began losing the ability to walk.
She then began experiencing a number of other neurological issues, from visual issues to trouble forming sentences and short-term memory loss, and has had numerous hospital visits to try and get some answers.
At the time of writing this, HITC can not confirm the claims made by Queen City Dom in her video or on social media.