Fatality Reports Following COVID-19 Vaccination Are Rare
The U.S. CDC's website reported at 6:30 PM CT on July 21, 2021, the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) had received 6,207 reports of death (0.0018%) about people who received a COVID-19 vaccine.
However, reports of adverse events submitted 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, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
This CDC data is based on more than 339 million COVID-19 vaccines administered in the USA from December 14, 2020, through July 19, 2021.
As of July 21, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had issued three Emergency Use Authorizations for COVID-19 vaccines. The FDA has not Approved any experimental COVID-19 vaccine.
Established in 1990, the VAERS is a national early warning system co-managed by the CDC and the FDA. VAERS accepts and analyzes reports of adverse events after a person has received a vaccination.
Anyone can report an adverse event to VAERS. Healthcare professionals are required to report certain adverse events, and vaccine manufacturers are required to report all adverse events that come to their attention.
However, VAERS is a passive reporting system, meaning it relies on individuals to send in reports of their experiences to the CDC and FDA. VAERS is not designed to determine if a vaccine caused a health problem. But it is especially useful for detecting unusual or unexpected patterns of adverse event reporting that might indicate a possible safety problem with a vaccine, says the U.S. government.