Who reports to VAERS?

Published on
04 February 2022

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In 2016 Dr. Cody Meissner authored an article for AAP News in which he stated "In 2012, reports were received from health care providers (41%), manufacturers (29%), other sources (17%) and vaccinees or families (14%)." 1

Then according to the ODPHP (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion) report about VAERS from Healthy People 2020:

“The majority of VAERS reports are sent in by vaccine manufacturers (37%) and health care providers (36%). The remaining reports are obtained from state immunization programs (10%), vaccine recipients (or their parent/guardians, 7%) and other sources (10%).”

So at the time of this writing, 83% of reporters were from HCWs, Pharma and Governmentally based sources.2

Finally, we have from early April 2021 Scott McLachlan and colleagues downloaded the 2021 US VAERS Dataset. They identified health service employees as the reporter in at least 67% of the reports, while pharmaceutical employees were identified as the reporter in a further 5%. Lay people were identifiable as the reporter in only 28% of the reports. A total of 72% HCWs and pharma.3

1.  https://publications.aap.org/aapnews/news/14631

2. https://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/data-source/vaccine-adverse-event-reporting-system

3. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/352837543_Analysis_of_COVID-19_vaccine_death_reports_from_the_Vaccine_Adverse_Events_Reporting_System_VAERS_Database_Interim_Results_and_Analysis

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