VAERS Myths Busted

Executive summary

There are only three possible reasons that the adverse events reported in VAERS are so high for the COVID vaccines:

Fraud
Overreporting
The vaccines are unsafe.

Nobody argues for #1 because there is no evidence to support that.

The CDC and FDA argue, without any evidence, that the sole reason is #2.

Today, I bust that myth by using data that only took a few hours to collect. It isn’t even a close call.

For the COVID vaccines, the CDC has had nearly two years to collect the data that I collected in just 2 hours. For Gardasil, they’ve had 16 years to collect the data.

What I found from my survey of over 250 healthcare workers was that:

Deaths were underreported to VAERS by a factor of 51x which is consistent with my “minimum URF” estimate of 41X that I calculated more than a year ago.
The number of COVID vaccine deaths observed by just the first 281 healthcare workers to fill out the survey was 1,128. This is enough deaths to sink any vaccine in any rational society. Remember: We shut down a baby formula factory after just 2 babies died. Also, there are over 22 million healthcare workers in the US. I just sampled a tiny fraction of the workers and found 1,128 deaths that were judged by healthcare professionals to be associated with the COVID vaccines.
The adverse events for the COVID vaccines are vastly underreported compared to previous vaccines. There were only 1.2X more events actually reported for the COVID vaccines than for all previous vaccines combined. But there were 6.6X as many adverse events observed for the COVID vaccines than for all vaccines combined. This means that doctors were 5.5X less likely to report an adverse event if it happened after a COVID vaccine than for other vaccines.
What this means is that if you thought this mortality chart was bad for the COVID vaccines, the reality is at least 41 times worse:

I invite any fact checker in the world to verify the data I collected or to collect their own.

The myth: “Nothing to see here folks… it’s just overreporting”

The CDC and FDA have always claimed that the high reporting rates in VAERS are simply due to the overreporting of background events that is caused by greater awareness of VAERS by the public and the healthcare industry.

They’ve made this claim for the COVID vaccines as noted in the Rosenblum paper, “Safety of mRNA vaccines administered during the initial 6 months of the US COVID-19 vaccination programme: an observational study of reports to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System and v-safe”:

Heightened public awareness of the COVID-19 vaccination programme, outreach and education to health-care providers and hospitals about COVID-19 EUA reporting requirements for adverse events, and adherence to EUA reporting requirements by providers and health systems, probably all contributed to the high volume of VAERS reports received.

The CDC made a similar claim in 2009 in the Slade report in order to dismiss the huge rate of adverse events in VAERS for the Gardasil vaccine as noted on page 115 of Turtles All the Way Down:

Although the authors admit that VAERS does not provide reliable data to realistically assess safety, they willfully leap all methodological obstacles and conclude that Gardasil’s safety profile was generally similar to that of other vaccines. [27] This is certainly a noteworthy achievement, especially when one considers that they stated at the outset that “the VAERS reporting rate for [Gardasil] is triple the rate for all other vaccines combined.” [28] Did VAERS data and the research techniques at the authors’ disposal enable them to come up with a reasonable explanation for the abnormally high rate of reported adverse events for Gardasil? The answer seems to be no. The paper does not contain an evidence-based explanation, merely the speculation that the high reporting rate might simply “reflect greater public attention to HPV” that was purportedly “stimulated” by “widespread media coverage”.[29]

Isn’t it time to bust the myth with actual data?

In order to find out whether the CDC claim is true or not, I thought it might be helpful to gather some data from healthcare providers to gain insight as to whether the COVID vaccines are as safe as other vaccines.

I published an open call to fill out a survey for healthcare workers.

Here’s the summary for the first 281 records:

Avg years in field: 27
Avg years aware of VAERS: 9

For other vaccines combined

# of reportable AEs observed: 1085
# AEs actually reported to VAERS: 153
# vaccine-related deaths observed: 92

For COVID vaccines

# of reportable AEs observed: 7189
# AEs actually reported to VAERS: 187
# vaccine-related deaths observed: 1128
# vaccine-related deaths actually reported to VAERS: 8

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