Are "young and fit women under 40" dying from blood clots that are caused by the COVID-19 vaccine? No, that's not true: The screengrab of the article posted is missing the context -- that the article was about a study in Scotland that ended before COVID vaccines were available to the public.
The claim appeared in an Instagram post by Robby Starbuck, a former candidate for political office in Tennessee, on June 1, 2022. It opens:
Young and fit women under 40 are increasingly dying of a sudden killer disease... Blood clots. Hmm let's all think hard about why that might be happening... 🤔
Starbuck used a screenshot of an article in the New York Post for his Instagram post. The Post article is from The Sun in the United Kingdom. The post implies that COVID vaccines were to blame for women's deaths.
The actual article doesn't mention COVID vaccines and explains what time periods were studied:
There were a total of 73 deaths in under 40-year-old women between 2002 and 2006 where a blood clot was the underlying cause.
This rose to 81 in the five years leading up to the COVID pandemic, The Herald reported.
This was despite a drop to 44 deaths between 2008 and 2012.
Although the numbers are small, they do not fit with the overall trend for women of all ages.
There were 684 deaths from blood clots in the female population in 2002, which almost halved to 361 in 2019.
The figure jumped up again in 2020, to 446, in relation to the Covid pandemic, as the coronavirus can cause blood clotting.