The risk of dying from a Covid vaccine is lower than 1 in 31,000 – Full Fact


19 May 2021

What was claimed

The risk of a child dying of Covid-19 is around one in 3.5 million.

Our verdict

The risk of a child dying of Covid is very low, but this figure refers to the England and Wales death rate as of May last year, when more people had it so chances of getting ill were higher. Estimates suggest perhaps 1 in 100,000 children who catch Covid die of it, but, in the UK at least, there are very few infections so the risk will be lower.

What was claimed

The risk of dying after a Covid vaccination is 1 in 31,000.

Our verdict

False. It is unclear where this figure comes from, but it is far too high. In the UK, around 50 deaths have been possibly linked to one of the vaccines, an incidence of 1 in 470,000.