The poster about the Yellow Card scheme is not real


4 June 2021

What is claimed

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

Our verdict

This poster is not from the MHRA.

What is claimed

Yellow Card data will allow vaccines to exit phase 3 clinical trials and be given full approval.

Our verdict

Yellow Card data are not required for vaccines to “move into” phase 3 trials. Phase 3 trials for vaccines reported their primary findings, and participants followed up for several years.

What is claimed

Vaccines have only temporary MHRA approval.

Our verdict

It’s just right. Vaccines Pfizer and AstraZeneca received temporary licenses, while vaccines Moderna and Janssen received temporary licenses that offer the possibility to become permanent licenses in the future.