Claim: Vaccine-related deaths increased significantly in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the previous year
As of April, more than 108.3 million people have been vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine at least once, but some anti-vaccine groups have used federal data to suggest that these vaccinations are unsafe. I will.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found “Relief” leads to research on side effects The vaccine was distributed in the first month.
However, widespread claims on social media point to the CDC’s national early warning system used to detect potential vaccine safety issues as evidence of danger. One Instagram post claimed In the first quarter of 2021, there was a “6000% increase in reported vaccine deaths” compared to the same period in 2020.
However, the CDC’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System and other experts warn against using the data to draw conclusions about vaccine safety. Anyone can submit a report to the system.
As of April 2, the system received 1,934 death reports in 2021, compared to 106 in 2020 overall.
“VAERS data is limited” The CDC will report on its website. “Reporting to VAERS does not mean that the vaccine caused an adverse event, but only that an adverse event occurred shortly after vaccination.”
The Instagram account that shared the post about the increase did not respond to the request for comment.Far right website The Gateway Pundit Post about data And it didn’t immediately respond to the request for comment.
VAERS data limits
The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System was established in 1990 in response to the National Pediatric Vaccine Injury Act as a “Vaccine Safety Monitoring Program”. According to the CDC.
The CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are implementing an “early warning system” used to detect vaccine safety issues, and scientists are studying it to see if it represents a real risk. You can judge.
Anyone can do it Create a report In the system. Gather information about the type of vaccine you received, when it was given, when the adverse event began, and your current illness or medication. This form also asks if you have a history of post-vaccination adverse events and demographic information.
According to the CDC, the data in the system is public, but “often lacking details and sometimes containing errors.” Authorities warn on its website that it is not possible to use the data to determine if the vaccine caused an adverse event.
In fact, “Vaccine providers are encouraged to report clinically significant health problems after vaccination to VAERS, whether or not they believe the vaccine is the cause.” According to the CDC website.
However, the system is not designed to identify the cause.
“Some adverse events can be caused by vaccination, others are accidental and may not be related to vaccination.” VAERS reports in the FAQ on its website.. “Just because an adverse event occurs after a person has been vaccinated does not mean that the vaccine has caused an adverse event.”
The CDC did not respond to the request for comment.
“VAERS data has its limits,” says Lili Zhao. Associate Professor of Biostatistics, Faculty of Public Health, University of Michigan.
Zhao is studying the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine using data from VAERS and other sources. If safety concerns emerge in the VAERS system, she said it needs to be further analyzed in other, more reliable systems.
“Because it is a self-reporting system, submitting a report to VAERS does not mean that the vaccine caused or contributed to death,” she said.
In other words, reports in the system are temporarily associated with vaccines, but not causally, Amesh Adalja said. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Senior Scholar at the Health and Security Center of the Graduate School of Public Health.
How safe is the COVID-19 vaccine?
Between December 14th and March 29th, 2020, the VAERS system received 2,509 reports of deaths in people who received the COVID-19 vaccine.
That’s 0.0017% of the 145 million doses given in the United States during that period.
“A review of available clinical information such as death certificates, autopsies, and medical records did not reveal evidence that vaccination contributed to the death of the patient.” According to the CDC website.
As of April 5, more than 30.7 million COVID-19 cases have been identified and 555,000 have died in the United States. According to Johns Hopkins University.
Adalja noted that the United States prioritized older people who were likely to have other health problems that could lead to death during the early days of vaccination.
Vaccines have proven to be effective in trials. Some versions are more than 94% effective in preventing symptomatological COVID-19.
Our rating: No context
The claim that US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data show an increase in vaccine-related mortality is lacking in context as it can be misleading without additional information. Data from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System can be submitted by anyone, and the CDC warns in several places that it cannot be used to determine the cause of adverse events, including death. The expert agrees with the CDC.
Our Fact Check Source:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention accessed on April 5th. COVID-19 vaccination in the United States
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, February 26, First month of COVID-19 vaccine safety monitoring
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention accessed on April 5th. Overview of Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention accessed on April 5th. Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)
- Vaccine adverse event reporting system accessed on April 5th. Report adverse events to VAERS
- Vaccine adverse event reporting system accessed on April 5th. Frequently Asked Questions
- University of Michigan, accessed April 8 LiliZhao Faculty Profile
- Johns Hopkins University, Accessed April 8th Amesh Adalja Faculty Profile
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention accessed on April 5th. Selected adverse events reported after COVID-19 vaccination
- Johns Hopkins University, Accessed April 5th COVID-19 data
- USA TODAY, March 27, Comparison of COVID-19 vaccines
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