Vaccine disinformation content has been circulating on websites that cite and publish each other, creating a self-reinforcing network, sometimes called an echo chamber, that can warp our impression of reality.
It doesn’t matter if the lie is easily rebutted. Indeed in one sense rebuttals are part of the plan because they result in the subject of the lie being amplified and kept on, or near, the top of the news agenda. The ultimate goal of strategic lying is to have an impact on the salience of issues.
States’ vaccine prioritization schedules are rife with loopholes. Low-risk people like me shouldn’t crawl through them.