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Letter: VAERS data is debatable, but my concern is valid

I agree that there is much debate about the accuracy of these above VAERS numbers. VAERS reports on their website that: “Doctors and other vaccine providers are encouraged to report adverse events, even if they are not certain that the vaccination was the cause.” Therefore, some of the deaths reported as related to COVID are actual coincidences.

Letter to the editor FSA

On Inforum Monday, a letter by me was published about my concern with Concordia College mandating that all athletes receive their first COVID vaccine shot by this Friday, Aug. 27.

As stated in my letter earlier this week , between Dec. 1, 2020, and Aug. 13, 2021, there have been 595,622 adverse reactions in the U.S. and 6,018 reported deaths from the COVID vaccine. This data comes from VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System), a U.S. federal government agency (you can verify these above statistics at www.vaers.hhs.gov).

For those who questioned my data, I will address the concerns outlined in with this rebuttal:

I agree that there is much debate about the accuracy of these above VAERS numbers. VAERS reports on their website that: “Doctors and other vaccine providers are encouraged to report adverse events, even if they are not certain that the vaccination was the cause.” Therefore, some of the deaths reported as related to COVID are actual coincidences.

However, VAERS goes on to say that “VAERS data are from a passive surveillance system and represent unverified reports of health events that occur after vaccination. Such data are subject to limitations of under-reporting.” Some watchdog organizations report that the VAERS adverse reaction data are under-reported by up to a factor of 10.

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For those proponents of vaccines who stress the coincidental nature of the reactions, I submit these two arguments. First, VAERS states on their website that “Disclaimer: Please note that VAERS staff follow-up on all serious and other selected adverse event reports to obtain additional medical, laboratory, and/or autopsy records to help understand the concern raised.”

This may, thus, indicate that there is a lower likelihood of coincidental deaths due to the COVID vaccine because VAERS is researching these deaths.

Second, even if we were to estimate that 50% of all adverse reactions were coincidental and if we also ignored VAERS own claims of “under-reporting,” we would still be left with 297,811 adverse reactions and 3,059 deaths. These numbers, in my view, are still alarming.

I believe that requiring athletes (or any other student) to be vaccinated for COVID is a serious mistake and I ask President William Craft at Concordia College to reconsider this mandate.

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  • Letter: Forum letter promotes vaccine misinformation The CDC states, “Reports of adverse events to VAERS following vaccination, including deaths, do not necessarily mean that a vaccine caused a health problem. A review of available clinical information, including death certificates, autopsy, and medical records, has not established a causal link to COVID-19 vaccines.” 

Stephanie Manesis lives in Fargo.
This letter does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Forum's editorial board nor Forum ownership.

Related Topics: CORONAVIRUSCOVID-19 VACCINE
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