As of March 2021, at least 17,000 healthcare workers around the world died of COVID-19, which has been misattributed to post-vaccination deaths.
According to Amnesty International, the number of health professionals who have died due to COVID-19 has not been tracked. The non-profit organization has compiled and evaluated a wide range of statistics to ascertain the number of such deaths in over 70 countries.
It stated that COVID-19 has claimed the lives of at least 17,000 health workers as of March 5, 2021. At least 3,507 healthcare professionals have died in the U.S., 3,371 in Mexico, 1,143 in Brazil, 1,131 in Russia, and 931 in the U.K. Amnesty International, UNI Global Union, and Public Services International have analyzed the figures and said they are likely to be understated because of incomplete data.
Meanwhile, global immunization inequality persists. More than half of the world's doses have been distributed in only 10 wealthy countries, which account for less than 10 percent of the global population. In comparison, over 100 countries have yet to vaccinate a single individual.
Organizations have urged governments to include all frontline health workers in their distribution plans, including those overlooked during the pandemic, such as cleaners, community health workers, and social care workers, to save lives and ensure safe working conditions.
Post-vaccination death figures have been recorded with close monitoring by national health organizations. Not all of those deaths occurred in similar conditions. Many of the vaccine recipients had pre-existing health conditions and comorbidities that have led to their deaths. Disclaimers come with almost every such recorded figure to inform the public of the importance of prevention and safety provided by COVID-19 vaccines.
Anti-vaxxers keep attempting to distort facts with stories and reports that contain similar sounding words and phrases. This particular figure about deaths due to COVID-19 among healthcare workers around the world has been used to do the same.
The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19, including symptoms, prevention, and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organization or your national healthcare authority.