Analyst says systematic flaws prevent VAERS from accurately tracking adverse reactions to vaccines
Analyst and computational biologist Jessica Rose believes there are systematic flaws
that prevent the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) system from working as intended. Rose elaborated on this when she was interviewed by "Doctors and Scientists" host Brian Hooker.
From December 2020, Rose anticipated that the number of vaccine adverse events would increase. She analyzed the death count and missing data and found that the number of fatalities linked to COVID vaccines was higher than the number reported to VAERs.
Rose testified at the Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) Vaccine and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee meeting in September that underreporting was not considered in the VAERS data. "I wasn't wrong. There was this missing data issue — that’s what sparked this," she said.
She published her findings showing that VAERS does not accurately track adverse reactions
due to several flaws, including a huge backlog of data that is still waiting to be entered into the system. Rose added that health professionals were missing safety signals and that the system was not being applied properly. Some data also got lost during updates.
"The most important thing I found in my determination is whether or not this tool — which can be a pharmacovigilance tool — is being used as such. All of this data is being entered by human beings. Probably nice people who aren't being paid enough, who have too many things to do, so everything isn't necessarily nefarious," she said.
Adverse events severely underreported
VAERS itself admits that reports about adverse events are not automatically collected
and require reports to be filed. However, they often lack details and can sometimes have information that contains errors.
"Underreporting" is one of its main limitations as VAERS receives reports for only a small fraction of actual events. The degree of underreporting varies widely as well.
The FDA or the CDC also never calculated the VAERS underreporting factor (URF), which is required information for any risk-benefit assessment of vaccines
. Because the FDA or CDC never calculated this information, all safety recommendations to date have only been guesswork, resulting in the needless loss of life for over 150,000 Americans.
A hospital whistleblower recently came forward saying that she was not allowed to report adverse reactions
to COVID-19 vaccines. The whistleblower, Deborah Conrad, said that she worked as a physician assistant at the United Memorial Medical Center for two years. She admitted that she tracked patients and their COVID-19 vaccination status and found that there was a serious underreporting of adverse reactions to VAERS
Her local community reported a 50 percent COVID vaccination rate, but according to Conrad, 90 percent of hospitalizations are fully vaccinated individuals who had been admitted for several reasons such as COVID-19 infections. Many of the patients were young and presented unusual or unexpected health events.
Conrad also said that she personally treated at least five patients that presented with new and unprovoked deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism within six months of their vaccinations.
She shared that the doctors at the hospital approached her to report instances of adverse reactions, but when she offered to file patients' reports with VAERS, she was directed that she was not allowed to report for anyone else's patients but her own. Conrad submitted a total of 50 adverse events reports in a four-week period, including four deaths.
However, the hospital's chief quality officer stated that she has "not heard this level of reporting from anywhere else and didn’t hear similar reports from [another hospital in the system]." (Related: Study reveals FEWER than 1% of vaccine injuries are reported to VAERS
The hospital then told her that in her role in the organization, she was to "support the hospital's approach to the vaccine." Submitting reports to VAERS is apparently not aligned to the hospital's approach.
Conrad's attorney, Aaron Siri, sent a letter to the CDC and FDA on her behalf. The lawyer wrote: "It is alarming that the Hospital’s 'approach to the vaccines' does not and has not included educating healthcare providers about VAERS and encouraging them to efficiently and consistently file reports. Instead, its apparent approach is to actively deter them from doing so."
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