Several months into the largest vaccine rollout in US history, social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram continue to prominently feature anti-vaccination accounts in its search results. Though Facebook pledged, last year, to reduce the spread of anti-vaxxer content, it continues to spread on the platform at a time where misinformation about vaccines can be perilous. ICAP’s Wafaa El-Sadr called vaccine misinformation on social media “very dangerous” and said it could have “dire consequences.”

“We are in a race with the virus,” said El-Sadr. “We need everyone who’s eligible for the vaccines to get vaccinated as soon as possible.”

“The vast majority of people thus far have had completely uneventful vaccinations,” said El-Sadr. “We need to keep reminding people of this. These vaccines have had a very safe profile and are incredibly effective.”

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