Trinidad and Tobago’s health minister has dismissed allegations made by Nicki Minaj in a tweet earlier this week that her cousin’s friend had become impotent after receiving the Covid-19 shot, saying that health officials in the country had found no evidence that any patient had reported such side-effects.
“My cousin in Trinidad won’t get the vaccine cuz his friend got it & became impotent,” she wrote. “His testicles became swollen. His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding. So just pray on it & make sure you’re comfortable with ur decision, not bullied.”
Terrence Dyalsingh said on Wednesday that the “false” claims had wasted his department’s time adding that they “take all these claims seriously”.
“As we stand now, there is absolutely no reported side effect or adverse event of testicular swelling in Trinidad … and none that we know of anywhere in the world,” the minister said in a press conference.
“Unfortunately, we wasted so much time yesterday running down this false claim,” he said.
In an earlier tweet, the rapper said that she skipped this year’s Met Gala because vaccines were required to attend the event.
“If I get vaccinated it won’t [be] for the Met. It’ll be once I feel I’ve done enough research. I’m working on that now. In the meantime my loves, be safe,” Minaj wrote.
Health officials around the world have criticized the rapper, saying her tweet spreads false information about the Covid-19 vaccine.
“She should be thinking twice about propagating information that really has no basis,” Dr Anthony Fauci told CNN on Tuesday.
England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty who said the rapper should be “ashamed”.
“There are a number of myths that fly around, some of which are just clearly ridiculous and some of which are clearly designed just to scare,” he said. “That happens to be one of them. That is untrue”.