The CDC adjusted numbers on their website this week. On July 9, it had been noted that the number of deaths reported to the VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Events Reaction Site) website associated with the COVID vaccines were 10,991¹. Earlier this week, they hit 12,313 according to the CDC website. Within hours, that number was adjusted to 6,207.² The disappearance of 6,000 deaths left many people wondering.
It was discovered by those reporting the information, that when the search was done to include “foreign” deaths reported to the U.S. system, the number nearly matched the higher number. When foreign deaths were taken out, the number reflected lower. According to the CDC website:
“VAERS occasionally receives case reports from US manufacturers that were reported to their foreign subsidiaries. Under FDA regulations, if a manufacturer is notified of a foreign case report that describes an event that is both serious and unexpected (in other words, it does not appear in the product labeling), they are required to submit it to VAERS. It is important to realize that these case reports are of variable data quality and completeness, due to the many differences in country reporting practices and surveillance system quality.”³
The final numbers at the time of writing, showed that there were 11,405 deaths reported in total, with 5,467 reported within the U.S. and Territories associated with the vaccines by our sources.⁴ Overall the media has been quiet, and the CDC hasn’t offered an explanation.
Under Reporting of Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS)
VAERS is a passive reporting system and requires people to make the connection between death or adverse events and the vaccine. Many critics have stated it shows a grossly understated number of events. One study of the system reported:
“Adverse events from drugs and vaccines are common, but underreported. Although 25% of ambulatory patients experience an adverse drug event, less than 0.3% of all adverse drug events and 1-13% of serious events are reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
“Likewise, fewer than 1% of vaccine adverse events are reported. Low reporting rates preclude or slow the identification of “problem” drugs and vaccines that endanger public health. New surveillance methods for drug and vaccine adverse effects are needed. Barriers to reporting include a lack of clinician awareness, uncertainty about when and what to report, as well as the burdens of reporting: reporting is not part of clinicians’ usual workflow, takes time, and is duplicative.”⁵
The Study continued:
“Unfortunately, there was never an opportunity to perform system performance assessments because the necessary CDC contacts were no longer available and the CDC consultants responsible for receiving data were no longer responsive to our multiple requests to proceed with testing and evaluation.”⁵
PubMed.gov also found the system lacking with reports showing an estimated 12-76%:
“VAERS sensitivity for capturing anaphylaxis after seven different vaccines ranged from 13 to 76%; sensitivity for capturing GBS after three different vaccines ranged from 12 to 64%. For anaphylaxis, VAERS captured 13-27% of cases after the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine, 13% of cases after influenza vaccine, 21% of cases after varicella vaccine, 24% of cases after both the live attenuated zoster and quadrivalent human papillomavirus (4vHPV) vaccines, 25% of cases after the combined measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, and 76% of cases after the 2009 H1N1 inactivated pandemic influenza vaccine. For GBS, VAERS captured 12% of cases after the 2012-13 inactivated seasonal influenza vaccine, 15-55% of cases after the 2009 H1N1 inactivated pandemic influenza vaccine, and 64% of cases after 4vHPV vaccine.”⁶
With a reporting system lacking and long-term data still not in for the COVID vaccines, questions regarding adverse events remain a concern.
Speaking Up for Vaccine Injury
Many people are unfamiliar with the VAERS system. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), who is self-proclaimed pro-vaccine, has been in the media recently regarding vaccine injury. Johnson has recovered from COVID-19 and tested positive for antibodies, so he has not been vaccinated. He has, however, had every flu shot since the 1970’s swine flu outbreak.
In June, Johnson held a press conference in Milwaukee to hear from some of the people who had adverse reactions to the COVID-19 vaccines. When confronted by the media and disparaged as an “anti-vaxxer,” Johnson responded:
“I think it’s called compassion. I think it’s showing concern for your fellow human beings who have stepped up.”⁷
Senator Johnson wrote a letter dated July 13 to health agency leaders. In it, he states:
“Unfortunately, your agencies’ lack of response to congressional oversight letters, combined with my discussions with agency officials and individuals who believe they have experienced vaccine injuries, leads me to believe the preauthorization safety surveillance hype does not appear to match the agencies’ actual performance.”⁸
Making Their Voices Heard
Several organizations are working to help people tell their story. Former Green Bay Packer, Ken Ruettgers, partnered with Senator Johnson for the Milwaukee press conference after his wife suffered injury from a COVID vaccine.
“They want to be heard, they want to be seen, they want to be believed,” Ruettgers said.⁷
He not only picked up the hotel bills for all who spoke at the event, but has also launched a website for people to share their experiences and be heard.
Many people who suffer injury from vaccines don’t feel heard. Cherie Ramsey had to work hard to get doctors to grant her previously healthy, athletic son the tests he needed. She shares her story and how difficult it was for doctors to admit there could have been a correlation to the blood clots that he suffered and the Pfizer vaccine.