The CDC issued a new update on the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, this time declaring that “fainting & other anxiety-related events” are behind a “new @CDCMMWR shows that fainting was more common after Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen #COVID19 Vaccine than after flu vaccination”:

Sounds scary, right? Now for the facts:

What is added by this report?

Five mass vaccination sites reported 64 anxiety-related events, including 17 events of syncope (fainting) after receipt of Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. The reporting rates of syncope to VAERS after Janssen COVID-19 and influenza vaccines (2019–20) were 8.2 and 0.05 per 100,000 doses, respectively.

17 fainting events. Keep up the great work, guys:

Now, here’s how the AP wrote up this update. The tone is ENTIRELY different:

The CDC went on to brag about its transparency, etc.:

Is the CDC broken?

And maybe one of the stats experts on Twitter could weigh in, too:

This does make sense as the circumstances with which they’re giving out COVID-19 jabs are entirely different than normal vaccines and we highly doubt they’re keeping an accurate tally of people who faint during flu vaccines:

Do better, CDC: