‘Thank you Pfizer’: False claims about Covid vaccine tremor circulated on social media


There have been a number of people here claiming they had tremors after receiving the Covid vaccine.

People have shared videos on social media that appear to be making them shake and tremble, with the captions blaming the tremors on receiving the vaccine.

However, serious side effects after receiving a vaccine for Covid are very rare and health organisations, including the NHS, have not reported tremors as an adverse reaction.

The claims have since inspired a slew of memes, with users quoting a viral tweet that read “Thank you Pfizer” and sharing a clip of celebrities or fictional characters dancing.

Where did these claims come from and how did they spread on social media?

What are the Covid tremor claims?

Louisiana Twitter user Angelia Desselle is one of the people who claims she is experiencing tremors two years after receiving the vaccine.

She tweeted: “This is me in the hospital after 1 dose of Pfizer on 05/01/2021. I was a very healthy 45 year old running a surgery center. Two years later I still have big problems.”

She attached a video that appeared to show her shaking uncontrollably, which has been viewed more than 10 million times.

Desselle also shared a video captioned “Thanks Pfizer,” in which her legs appeared to be shaking uncontrollably.

The video has been viewed more than 20 million times.

Are the Covid tremor claims true?

The Poynter Institute’s fact-checking website, PolitiFact, reported that the Louisiana Department of Health said it was not aware of anyone who had reported convulsions as a result of receiving the Covid vaccine.

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Millions of Covid vaccine doses have been administered around the world, with health officials encouraging people to report unwanted side effects.

A number of health experts told PolitiFact they had not heard of any reports of Covid vaccines causing the tremors.

Neither the NHS nor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reported that tremors are a known Covid side effect.

Do Covid vaccines cause side effects?

The Covid-19 vaccines can cause side effects but are usually mild and typically don’t last more than a week, according to the NHS.

Common ones include:

  • a sore arm from the injection;
  • feel tired;
  • Headache;
  • feel pain;
  • feel sick or be sick.

The NHS says serious side effects like allergic reactions or blood clotting are very rare. Experiencing tremors is not a reported side effect of the Covid vaccine, according to the NHS website.

Health experts have not recorded convulsions, tremors or tremors as a side effect of the vaccine.