VAERS is the name of the database industry and the public use to report adverse events (side effects) of vaccines to the CDC and the FDA. Other countries have similar systems.
Stories about VAERS and VAERS-like numbers associated with the Covid-19 vaccines have been percolating around the Internet for a number of weeks. They went mainstream a couple of nights ago when Tucker Carlson did a segment on VAERS, leading to strong reactions from other media outlets.
The numbers may surprise you. In the U.S. 4,100 people, in Europe 8,000 people, and in Israel 3,300 people reportedly died after receiving Covid vaccines. The global total may be as high as 30,000-35,000 death reports.
The numbers require context:
- Most importantly, people who died after receiving the vaccine may not have died because of the vaccine.
- VAERS (in the U.S.) is thought to capture only a very small percentage of the adverse events that actually occur.
These two reasons, combined, mean the adverse event data we have in hand is insufficient for determining whether a vaccine is causing health problems.