Study shows that VAERS is underreported by a factor of 20

by mcardinal

Lauren Dempsey, MS in Biomedicine and Law, RN, FISM News 

 

A study published last year contends that there have been many more adverse effects and deaths as a result of COVID-19 vaccines than previously thought and the risk associated with vaccines outweighs the benefit for those under the age of 25.

The authors of the study, Dr. Spiro P. Pantazatos, Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurobiology at Columbia University, and Dr. Hervé Seligmann, an infectious diseases expert at the University of Aix-Marseille in France, analyzed data from Europe, Israel, and the United States to determine the risk of reported adverse events associated with COVID-19 vaccines.

The two researchers wanted to evaluate the “risk-benefit ratio analyses of vaccination and boosters against SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in different age groups” and noted the “risk-benefit ratio analyses of vaccination and boosters against SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in different age groups.”

The overall aim of the study was to determine to what degree COVID-19 vaccinations contribute to vaccine adverse events as well as vaccine fatality rates. The authors of the study used publicly available databases to gather their information. 

Using data from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), the results from the study indicated that “vaccination correlated negatively with mortality 6-20 weeks post-injection, while vaccination predicted all-cause mortality 0-5 weeks post-injection in almost all age groups and with an age-related temporal pattern consistent with the US vaccine rollout.” Simply put, the data revealed a correlation between vaccination and death from all causes and across all age groups that was consistent with the administration of COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. These deaths occurred within the first few weeks and up to 20 weeks post-vaccination.

The results also revealed that the fatality rate reported to VAERS was underreported by a factor of 20, which is consistent with previous studies on the national reporting system. It is well known amongst medical professionals that only about 1 percent of vaccine adverse events are reported to VAERS, as many healthcare workers and members of the general public are not aware of the system. 

While the VAERS reporting system has several limitations, the study was not solely dependent on VAERS for their calculations. The researchers were able to estimate that there were “a total of 146,988 deaths attributed to COVID vaccinations between February and August of 2021,” while VAERS identified only 20,000 deaths attributed to the vaccines during that time period. There have been many anecdotal reports of adverse events post-vaccination, such as myocarditis and antibody-dependent enhancement; however, many experts insist that reactions to vaccination are often mild. 

The authors cite a recent meta-analysis of infection fatality rates based on age groups that were exposed to the virus, with data showing that the fatality rate from infection “for age 10 is 0.002%, age 18 years is 0.005%, 25 years is about 0.01%, 45 years 0.1%, 55 years 0.4%, 65 years 1.4%, 75 years 5%, and 15% >85 years.” This analysis indicates that the risks associated with vaccination in individuals under the age of 25 far outweigh the benefits. The study also acknowledged that risks associated with dying from COVID-19 infection is based on many different factors that contribute to overall health based on lifestyle and comorbidities. 

The study also stressed the “urgent need to identify, develop and disseminate diagnostics and treatments for life-altering vaccine injuries.” This study is considerable interest in light of the fact that the Biden administration, the CDC, and Dr. Fauci continue to press the importance of vaccination regardless of age or risk factors. This sole focus remains even though vaccines have shown that they do not reduce community spread and transmission, provide limited protection from variants, and the immunity provided wanes quickly. 

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