Fact Check: Doctor Did NOT Leave Orange Cap On Syringe When Vaccinating Nancy Pelosi Against Covid-19

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  • by: Maarten Schenk
Fact Check: Doctor Did NOT Leave Orange Cap On Syringe When Vaccinating Nancy Pelosi Against Covid-19 Photo Angle

Was there still an orange cap on the needle of the syringe when Speaker Nancy Pelosi got vaccinated against Covid-19? No, that's not true: social media posts using that claim all use a photo taken at an angle that obscures the needle but at least one press photos taken at the same event clearly shows the needle.

An example of such a post (archived here) published on December 19, 2020 can be seen here. It paired a picture of Speaker Pelosi getting the vaccine and a zoomed in portion of the photo with following text:

Pelosi got the covid vaccine. Can someone explain how effective the vaccine is if you leave the cap on the needle 🤨 You aren't fooling no one.

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Sat Dec 19 19:30:58 2020 UTC)

The photo in question appears to be one of many pictures taken by the press pool on December 18, 2020 as Pelosi was getting the vaccine, an example of one of these photos can be seen in this PBS Newshour article. Speaker Pelosi herself also tweeted about the event:

However because of the angle they were taken at in many of the photographs the needle wasn't actually visible.

But in at least one photograph taken by AP pool photographer Ken Cedino (archived here) the needle could be seen, it looks like it was used by the Daily Mail in this article:

It was also used by the San Francisco Chronicle, Click on Detroit and the NZ Herald.


  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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