Fact check: Photo shows London Mayor Sadiq Khan receiving the flu, not the COVID-19 vaccine

A photo of London Mayor Sadiq Khan was shared along with the allegation that the image was staged and that he never received the COVID-19 vaccine because the cap is still on the needle.

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However, the photo actually shows how Khan received the flu infection, and was taken just before he was injected.

Reports sharing the false claim can be seen (here, here).

In the photo, a health worker can hold the syringe – with a cap on the needle – over Khan’s arm.

‘Sadiq Khan has the vaccine with the cap on the needle. Roll up roll up, who’s next? “, Reads one report that shares the image (here), while another asks:” Why is the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, getting his COVID-19 vaccine with a cap on the needle? “(Here).

But the photo, originally posted on Khan’s Twitter, shows him being vaccinated for flu, not COVID-19 (here).

“The mayor received his flu vaccination from a local pharmacist in September,” a spokesman for the mayor of London told Reuters in an email.

“This photo was taken just before he received the injection, so the cap is still on the needle.”

Reuters dismissed similar allegations about the alleged COVID-19 vaccine photos (here) and (here).


Untrue. The photo does not show that Khan received the COVID-19 vaccine, but the flu. The cap was on the needle because it was taken before it was injected.

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