Jewish doctors warned against conspiracy theories claiming the COVID-19 vaccine causes infertility or contains products derived from pork.
Jewish News reported on Friday that the open letter, signed by more than 70 British-Jewish doctors and published on Tuesday, warns against falling for such conspiracy theories and states there is “absolutely no evidence” the Pfizer vaccine contains any non-kosher ingredients.
The letter was initiated by Dr. Sam Freeman of the University College London Hospital, who said he hoped at least 100 medical doctors would sign the letter by the end of the year.
The letter states that UK medical doctors “feel obliged to address some rumors surrounding the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 mRNA vaccine circulating in the Jewish community. We do this as a public service in an attempt to prevent illness, and potentially to save lives.
“A rumor that the vaccine causes infertility is particularly prevalent in Jewish circles, yet there is no evidence behind it,” the letter states.
It added that “we live in a time when misinformation is increasingly common. Rumors spread quickly, and social media has played a significant contribution in this. We urge people to stop spreading rumors and instead, consult those working in healthcare with an ability to appraise scientific evidence.”
According to the letter, “widespread uptake of the vaccine will prevent illness and lead to lives saved by protecting people from catching COVID-19, and prevent hospitals from becoming overburdened.”
Source: The Jerusalem Post