‘Nocebo effect’: two-thirds of Covid jab reactions not caused by vaccine, study suggests

US trial shows inverse version of placebo effect behind many symptoms such as headaches and fatigue

More than two-thirds of the common side-effects people experience after a Covid jab can be attributed to a negative version of the placebo effect rather than the vaccine itself, researchers claim.

Scientists in the US examined data from 12 clinical trials of Covid vaccines and found that the “nocebo effect” accounted for about 76% of all common adverse reactions after the first dose and nearly 52% after the second dose.

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