FULL CLAIM: “Jamie Foxx Left ‘Paralyzed and Blind’ From ‘Blood Clot in His Brain’ After Receiving COVID-19 Vaccine”
The health of actor Jamie Foxx has come under intense speculation following reports of his hospitalization in April 2023, which was due to a “medical complication” according to his daughter Corinne Foxx.
Unsubstantiated claims about Foxx’ condition have circulated on social media since, such as the claim that he was on life support. PolitiFact debunked that claim in May 2023.
More recently, claims that Foxx was “left ‘paralyzed and blind’ from ‘blood clot in his brain’” due to a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine have spread online, after gossip columnist A.J. Benza made this allegation on the podcast “Ask Dr. Drew” on 30 May 2023, citing an unnamed source. Benza also further claimed that Foxx had been forced to get the COVID-19 vaccine for a film he was working in.
The claim was later picked up by entertainment outlet OK! Magazine and numerous social media users, including COVID-19 vaccine skeptic and cardiologist Aseem Malhotra who tweeted the claim and deleted it shortly afterwards.
However, there’s currently no evidence that Foxx is now paralyzed or blind, or that COVID-19 vaccination were related to his hospitalization. On 9 May 2023, Corinne Foxx posted a video on Instagram showing her and her father in an advertisement for Intel laptops, although it’s unknown when the video was made.
On 12 May 2023, Corinne Foxx wrote in an Instagram story that her father had been “out of the hospital for weeks, recuperating. In fact, he was playing pickleball yesterday!”, as shown by reports from Vanity Fair and The Guardian. To date, Foxx’s family haven’t mentioned COVID-19 vaccines as being related to his medical condition. On 15 May 2023, Fox News announced that Foxx and his daughter would be hosting an upcoming game show “We Are Family”, scheduled to debut in 2024.
On 8 June 2023, NBC News reported that Foxx’ representatives had come forward to address Benza’s claim, calling it “completely inaccurate”.
On 22 July 2023, Foxx posted a video to his Instagram, clarifying that he wasn’t paralyzed or blind, as some claimed.
While certain COVID-19 vaccines, notably those using viral vector technology like the AstraZeneca-Oxford and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines, are associated with a slightly elevated risk of developing blood clots, COVID-19 mRNA vaccines aren’t known to do the same. Furthermore, numerous studies have shown that the risk of blood clotting disorders, as well as other health problems, is much higher after getting COVID-19 than after vaccination[1-7].
UPDATE (24 July 2023):
We updated this review to include a link to a video showing Foxx, released on 22 July 2023, clarifying that he was not “paralyzed” or “blind” as claimed. This was added to the eighth paragraph of the review.
UPDATE (12 June 2023):
This review was updated to include a statement by Foxx’ representatives, reported on 8 June 2023 by NBC News, in the seventh paragraph of the review.
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