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100 Times More Vaccine Injuries Occur Than Are Reported: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

“Fewer than 1% of vaccine adverse events are reported,” according to an analysis submitted to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is a Federal agency working “within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.” The agency is charged with improving the safety and quality of America’s health care system by developing “the knowledge, tools, and data needed to improve the health care system and help Americans, health care professionals, and policymakers make informed health decisions,” according to the AHRQ website.

Principal Investigator Ross Lazarus, MD—Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital—submitted a final report in 2010 titled “Electronic Support for Public Health–Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (ESP:VAERS).”

Screenshot of the DHHS analysis from The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality website taken May 28, 2021

On page 6, the report concludes that less than 1% of vaccine injuries are reported to the Vaccine Adverse Reporting System (VAERS). “Adverse events from drugs and vaccines are common, but underreported,” write the authors, adding, that “[a]lthough 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,” say the authors.

The authors also point out that “low reporting rates” make it difficult to identify “problem” drugs and vaccines that “endanger public health.” They also urge,

“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.”

Screenshot of the DHHS analysis from The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality website taken May 28, 2021

Likewise, a 2009 study published in the peer-reviewed Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) titled “Postlicensure Safety Surveillance for Quadrivalent Human Papillomavirus Recombinant Vaccine” found that VAERS has data analysis limitations that include “underreporting, inconsistency in the quality and completeness of reported data, stimulated reporting due to extensive news coverage and reporting biases.” The authors reveal the following:

“A further limitation of VAERS reports after qHPV [quadrivalent HPV vaccine] is that a large proportion (68%) come from the manufacturer and most of these reports (89%) do not include sufficient identifying information to allow medical review of the individual cases. For example, when additional clinical information was available for review, approximately one-half of the cases of GBS and transverse myelitis were not confirmed.”

Screenshot of the JAMA publication PDF documented downloaded from the JAMA Network website taken May 28, 2021

VAERS officially monitors the safety of vaccines after they are authorized or licensed for use by the FDA, according to the CDC website. “VAERS is part of the larger vaccine safety system in the United States that helps make sure vaccines are safe. The system is co-managed by CDC and FDA,” the site reads.

Earlier this month, FOX News’ Tucker Carlson reported that “[b]etween late December of 2020, and last month, a total of 3,362 people apparently died after getting the COVID vaccines in the United States.”

“The data we just cited,” Carlson went on to say, “come from the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System—VAERS—which is managed by the CDC and the FDA,” before mentioning the 2010 DHHS report. “A report submitted to the Department of Health and Human Services in 2010 concluded that “fewer than one percent of vaccine adverse events are reported” by the VARES system. Fewer than one percent. So what is the real number of people who apparently have been killed or injured by the vaccine? Well, we don’t know that number,” lamented Carlson.

If 3,362 is only 1% of the total number of people who reportedly died after being vaccinated (between December 2020 and April 2021), then the total number of deaths is really 336,200.

Jon Fleetwood is Managing Editor for American Faith.