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Western Sydney health team call out rapper Nicki Minaj’s Covid claims

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Doctors in Sydney are calling out rapper Nicki Minaj’s Covid vaccine claim that suggested her ‘cousin friend became impotent after the shot’ – with doctors confirming this is NOT a side effect

  • Famous rapper Nicki Minaj shared anti-vax claims on her Twitter on Monday
  • The singer said her cousin’s boyfriend became impotent after getting the Covid jab
  • Western Sydney’s health took a swipe at the singer hours later in a message
  • The department urged her to rap while doctors give medical advice










A department of NSW Health has berated famed rapper Nicki Minaj for sharing antivax information online after she claimed the Covid jab affected her cousin’s boyfriend’s sexual performance.

The Super Bass singer took to Twitter on Monday to dangerously advise her followers to think about the side effects of rolling up the sleeves for the vaccine.

“My cousin in Trinidad won’t get the vaccine because his friend got it and became impotent,” she wrote.

“His testicles became swollen. His friend would be weeks away from getting married, now the girl has called off the wedding.

“So pray for it and make sure you’re comfortable with your decision and not being bullied.”

But just hours later, Western Sydney Health called the singer and urged her to stick with the role she knows best.

Singer Nicki Minaj claimed that a friend of her cousin in Trinidad became impotent after receiving a Covid-19 vaccine. This is not scientific evidence for the claim

Minaj's tweet, claiming her cousin's boyfriend's testicles were swollen after a Covid-19 vaccine

Minaj’s tweet, claiming her cousin’s boyfriend’s testicles were swollen after a Covid-19 vaccine

Western Sydney Health responded to the singer, urging her to stick to the role she knows best

Western Sydney Health responded to the singer, urging her to stick to the role she knows best

“We promise to leave the rapping to @NickiMinaj when she leaves medicine to doctors and scientists,” the department tweeted.

There is no evidence that Covid-19 vaccines cause erectile dysfunction or male infertility.

A University of Miami study, for example, found that Pfizer and Moderna’s mRNA vaccines appeared to have no effect on the sperm production of 45 men.

In contrast, there is some evidence that the virus responsible for Covid-19 – SARS-CoV-2 – can cause fertility problems in men.

A woman gets a Covid-19 vaccine in Sydney earlier this month

A woman gets a Covid-19 vaccine in Sydney earlier this month

It is known that other viruses, such as mumps, can affect sperm production and quality in men, while a Chinese study found widespread cell destruction in the testicles of six men who died of the 2006 SARS-CoV virus.

A similar study in six men who died from Covid-19 showed reduced sperm count in three of the men.

While research on the effects of Covid-19 on the human body remains largely preliminary, based on the research available to date, it is safe to say that the male reproductive system is more threatened by the virus than the vaccine.

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