Did an Italian court rule that vaccine mandates are unconstitutional because fatal side effects are too risky?!
Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : Italian Court Ruled Vaccine Mandate As Unconstitutional!
People are sharing articles from websites like News Punch, claiming that an Italian court just ruled vaccine mandates as unconstitutional, because their fatal side effects are too risky!
The article includes a transcript from a RAIR Foundation USA video. It is rather long, so feel free to skip to the next section for the facts…
Truth : Italian Court Did NOT Rule Vaccine Mandate As Unconstitutional!
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS that anti-vaccination activists are concocting to mislead people about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : Italy Only Has A Limited Vaccine Mandate
First, I need to point out that Italy only has a limited vaccine mandate.
Since 15 October 2021, it has been mandatory for workers in both private and public sectors, who are 50 years and older, to present a valid COVID pass.
This does not affect younger employees, and is not exactly a vaccine mandate, because the COVID pass only requires :
- at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, OR
- proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken in the previous 48 hours, OR
- proof of having recently recovered from COVID-19.
Technically, you can refuse to get the vaccine and receive the COVID pass, as long as you keep testing negative for COVID-19.
Fact #2 : Italian Court Did Not Rule Vaccine Mandate Unconstitutional
If you translate the court judgement to English, you will quickly realise that the Italian court did not rule the vaccine mandate as unconstitutional.
In fact, the court document clearly states that the judge suspended the trial, and sent the documents to the Italian Constitutional Court for their decision instead.
Fact #3 : Italian Court Did Not Call Vaccine Side Effects Too Risky
The Italian court certainly did not claim that the “fatal side effects” of the vaccine are “too risky”.
In fact, the court document pointed out that “undoubtedly, most of the side effects, listed in the database, show modest and transient symptoms”.
Fact #4 : Court Photo Was From 2013
The picture that is often used to convey the “importance” of this court finding was misappropriate, and does not show the Administrative Justice Court for Sicily.
That is a local court for Sicily, which has a single judge. The presiding judge for this case was Maria Abbruzzese.
The photo was actually taken in Rome, on 1 August 2013, and shows Chief Justice Antonio Esposito of the Italian Supreme Court reading the verdict of the Mediaset trial involving former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
Fact #5 : Correlation Is Not Causation
I also have to point out that correlation does not imply causation. In other words, just because something after vaccination, it does not mean it was caused by the vaccine.
For example, if you get pregnant after getting the COVID-19 vaccine, does it mean that the vaccine made you pregnant? Of course, not.
There is also the fact that many events can result in the same “side effect”.
For example, the mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are known to cause anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction) in rare cases. However, anaphylactic reactions can also occur due to a peanut allergy or a bee sting.
That is why every reported case must be examined to determine if it is actually related to the vaccine.
Fact #6 : EudraVigilance Data Have Yet To Be Verified
However, EudraVigilance data and reports cannot be considered “evidence” of side effects of any particular drug or vaccine, because :
- they may contain duplicated information and/or reports
- the reported event may be caused by an illness, like a COVID-19 infection for example,
- the reported event may be caused by a different drug taken by the patient at the same time
- they have not been assessed by the EMA to ascertain if it’s even “biologically plausible”
In fact, the EudraVigilance website specifically warns against using their data as “evidence” of a drug / vaccine’s side effects :
They even created a dedicated page on COVID-19 vaccines to warn against using their data to draw any conclusions about a vaccine’s side effects.
Fact #7 : Vaccines Proven Safe + Effective
Irrespective of what’s argued in any court, the approved COVID-19 vaccines have all been proven safe and effective.
Not only did they undergo and passed very large clinical trials, almost 12 billion doses have been administered worldwide in the past 1.5 years.
Despite scaremongering by anti-vaccination activists, ongoing pharmacovigilance monitoring show that they are safe and effective for the vast majority of people who received them.
Fact #8 : COVID-19 Infections Are Far Riskier Than Vaccines
But what anti-vaccination activists don’t tell you is that COVID-19 infections cause similar side effects, but at much higher rates.
Take myocarditis for example. Anti-vaccination activists love to tell us how they put our children’s lives at risk. But they conveniently leave out the fact that your child is hundreds of times more likely to develop myocarditis from a COVID-19 infection than from three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine!
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