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Bell’s Palsy And Covid Vaccines



It’s undoubtedly true that some things lead to others. But it’s also true that not doing something can lead to the same thing.

For example, every vaccine campaign kills some people. Just one of those things. Do something to tens, hundreds, of millions of people and some of them will die of it. But that’s not what the risk of the vaccine is. We also need to subtract from that risk the risk of death from not having the vaccine. With smallpox, or Black Death – if we had a vaccine for it – this is simple enough.

It’s also true of not death from this current vaccine:

The Pfizer Covid jab has been linked to Bell’s palsy after a 61-year-old British man suffered facial paralysis after each dose of the vaccine.

In an article in the journal BMJ Case Reports, Dr Abigail Burrows, of Royal Surrey County Hospital, described how the man experienced paralysis to the right side of his face five hours after the first jab.

He attended the emergency department after he was unable to close his left eye properly or move the left side of his forehead and was given a course of steroids. Six weeks later, he suffered paralysis to the left side of his face two days after his second dose, causing him to dribble and have difficulty swallowing.

At the back of my mind three’s the thought that don’t we know that vaccines are linked to Bell’s Palsy? Not that I’ve bothered to look it up of course. But then:

People with COVID-19 were more likely to develop Bell’s palsy (peripheral facial nerve palsy) than people who were vaccinated against the virus, an analysis of medical records showed.

Matching COVID-19 patients with vaccinated individuals showed that people with COVID-19 were nearly seven times more likely to have a diagnosis of Bell’s palsy than those who were vaccinated (OR 6.8, P<0.001), reported Akina Tamaki, MD, of University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, and co-authors in a research letter in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

Which leads to one of those odd little conclusions. Yes, vaccines give you Bell’s Palsy. But because the disease being vaccinated against also gives you Bell’s Palsy – or rather either might but the disease does at a higher rate – then the vaccine that gives you Bell’s Palsy is actually protective against getting Bell’s Palsy.



  1. If a population is heavily vaccinated then *some* disease will be overly represented. So many diseases, so odds are one will, by chance entirely, be over-represented,

  2. What’s missing from this A > B is the likelihood of A and B. If there is twice the chance of getting Bells Palsy (or a.n. other disease) from the Kung Flu as there is from the vaccination, but a less than 50% chance of getting the disease without the vaccination then you’re best off leaving well alone.

  3. They are experimental vaccines.

    They require informed consent.

    There can’t BE informed consent unless the risks are known.

    The risks do not become known properly through a reporting system designed for known well-tested vaccines.

    You should not get a vaccine which is experimental unless a proper follow-up reporting system is in place. Anecdotal data and self-selected reporting with no follow-up and little in the way of investigation or autopsy is totally inadequate.

    And how exactly are those Bell’s risk ratios arrived at? Aren’t they just a not-very-specific guess?

    Oh, and Matt is right, the ratio tell us nothing as it stands.

  4. Many of the side-effects of vaccination are actually a bodily reaction to being stabbed in the arm, not the contents being stabbed into you.

  5. Tim, the article makes the following points :

    “Underreporting may be a factor in both JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery studies, Chang noted, explaining that adverse effects of COVID vaccines were studied for only a short period; some patients would not have had 8 weeks of observation after vaccination.”

    The 24th report based on what UK health authorities admit is an inadequate system to follow vaccine injuries was released last week.


    There is a tool to monitor the Yellow Card reports –


    Data for the EU and the US are just as horrific.

  6. @Matt – however, that analysis cannot ever be done. If you assume everyone else gets vaccinated (for a transmissible disease for which vaccination stops transmission), then you have no chance of catching it, so you shouldn’t get vaccinated; while if you assume that nobody else gets vaccinated, you have a high chance of catching it and so you should get vaccinated. So your behaviour depends on what others do. Except they can do the same analysis, resulting in everyone agreeing that they should be vaccinated if they’re not and they shouldn’t if they are.

    @rhoda klapp – there is a reporting system: the yellow card system in the UK and equivalents elsewhere.

    @jgh – nonsense. If that were the case then every vaccine would have the same side-effects, but observation says they don’t.

  7. Charles: brusing and blood clots from injection vaccination are more often than not a result of being stabbed in the arm rather than the contents of the vaccine. It’s even on the documentation supplied with the ikkle bokkles – at least it was with those I was involved with in the vaccination centre roll-out programme. I’d give you the background reference, but it’s buried in a Nursing Times at my Dad’s that’s probably been thrown out.


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