My Patients Ask — Is the COVID vaccine killing people?

Not that I know of. But, are people who take the vaccine dying? Yes, but not because of the vaccine. Let me explain.

Over 52 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered in the U.S. from December 14, 2020, through February 14, 2021.

During this time, the CDC has closely monitored all adverse events that have been reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).

VAERS received 934 reports of death following the COVID vaccine in the U.S. The 934 cases represented 0.0018 percent of all those vaccinated (or one per five million vaccines administered).

CDC, FDA, and independent physicians review each case report of death as soon as notified, and CDC requests medical records to further assess reports.

A review of available clinical information including death certificates, autopsy, and medical records findings have so far revealed no link between the deaths and the COVID vaccine.

Of course, CDC and FDA will continue to investigate reports of adverse events, including deaths, reported to VAERS.

This blog was accurate as of the day of posting. However, as the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly evolves and the scientific community’s understanding of the novel coronavirus and the COVID vaccine develops, the information above may have changed since it was last updated. While I aim to keep all of my blogs on COVID and the COVID vaccine up to date, please visit online resources provided by the CDC, WHO, and your local public health department to stay informed on the latest news.

© Copyright WLL, INC. 2021. This blog provides a wide variety of general health information only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from your regular physician. If you are concerned about your health, take what you learn from this blog and meet with your personal doctor to discuss your concerns.


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