Poster about Yellow Card scheme is not real – Full Fact


4 June 2021

What was claimed

A poster from the MHRA makes various claims about the vaccines and importance of Yellow Card reports.

Our verdict

This poster is not actually from the MHRA.

What was claimed

Yellow Card data will allow the vaccines to move out of the phase 3 clinical trials and be granted full approval.

Our verdict

Yellow Card data isn’t required for the vaccines to “move out of” phase 3 trials. Phase 3 trials for the vaccines have reported their main findings, and participants will be followed up for several years.

What was claimed

The vaccines only have temporary approval by the MHRA.

Our verdict

This is essentially correct. The Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines have received temporary authorisations, while the Moderna and Janssen vaccines have received temporary licenses which offer the possibility of being converted into permanent licenses in future.