VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System) is one of the systems in the US used to monitor adverse events related to vaccines. According to the Health and Human Services website:
Established in 1990, the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is a national early warning system to detect possible safety problems in U.S.-licensed vaccines. VAERS is co-managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).1
Before the COVID vaccines were released, vaccine supporters would frequently point to VAERS as a reputable, robust, and reliable source of vaccine related reactions. However, people with concerns regarding vaccines and vaccine injury were concerned the data seriously under-represented the problem.
According to a Harvard study:
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.2
Keeping in mind that less than 1% of vaccine adverse events are reported as stated above, the numbers should be alarming. As of November 26, the latest data released, VAERS reports 927,738 adverse events to the COVID vaccines alone. To put this into context, the total number of adverse events reported from 1990 through the data released on November 27, 2021, was 1,782,451 for all other vaccines combined. That means that in 11 months, the COVID vaccines shadowed the 854,713 other reactions reported in 31 years.3 These numbers only represent the US. In fact, VAERS is only one of several reporting systems used in the US. Getting a clear picture of the injuries is indeed, challenging.
Vaccine Reactions in Europe
Europe uses EudraVigilance. In fact, the system is quite a bit easier to navigate and breakdown information than the US’s VAERS. In the EudraVigilance system, each vaccine brand is listed separately with charts and graphs to clearly represent the data for the particular product.
At the time of publication, the numbers below represent adverse events for each brand. Please note, since the Pfizer drug has been approved, it is now marketed under the brand name Tozinameran. This data was released through December 4, 2021:
The total number of reactions reported to the Eudravigilance site for these COVID vaccines is 1,228,780. There are only 14,214 more reactions for Moderna, Astrazeneca, and Janssen combined over the Pfizer product. That means 49.4% of all reactions are due to the Pfizer shot.
Moderna Vaccine Reactions and Myocarditis
Recently, several European countries began limiting who received the Moderna vaccine after concerns of myocarditis and pericarditis were raised. A warning label has been issued for myocarditis and pericarditis for both of the mRNA products, however Pfizer hasn’t been restricted for use in relation to myocarditis. When looking at the numbers in the US, it is clear that there are more cases associated with the Pfizer vaccine than with Moderna.
Myocarditis and Blood Clots Pale in Comparison to Nervous System Disorders
In looking at the data, it is clear and easy to see that myocarditis, pericarditis, and blood clots are minimal in comparison to another systemic reaction. Nervous system disorders rank higher than either of the above concerns that have warranted warning labels and restrictions. In the 18-64 age range alone, there are 182,581 cases of nervous system disorders. The total number of nervous system disorders, according to EudraVigilance, is 646,723. Compare that to the 13,650 total cases of all cardiac events with the Moderna vaccine that warranted caution for the specific under 30 age group for myo- and pericarditis.
According to Johns Hopkins:
Disorders of the nervous system may involve the following:
Vascular disorders, such as stroke, transient ischemic attack (TIA), subarachnoid hemorrhage, subdural hemorrhage and hematoma, and extradural hemorrhage
Infections, such as meningitis, encephalitis, polio, and epidural abscess
Structural disorders, such as brain or spinal cord injury, Bell’s palsy, cervical spondylosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, brain or spinal cord tumors, peripheral neuropathy, and Guillain-Barré syndrome
Functional disorders, such as headache, epilepsy, dizziness, and neuralgia
Degeneration, such as Parkinson disease, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Huntington chorea, and Alzheimer disease4
The EudraVigilance system allows us to look at nervous system disorders in relation to other reactions by each of the manufacturers: