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Fact Check-No evidence over 48,000 people died within 14 days of receiving COVID-19 vaccine

Social media users are sharing a speech made by attorney Thomas Renz in which he claims that through access to the Medicare Tracking System, he discovered that more than 48,000 people have died within 14 days of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) told Reuters that no such database exists.

Examples can be seen here and here .

The text in one post reads: “According to attorney Thomas Renz, a whistleblower with access to Medicare data has confirmed that over 48,000 people have died within 14 days of getting the COVID vaccines (sic).”

Reuters did not find a website or database called “Medicare Tracking System.” A spokesperson for CMS told Reuters via email that the claim is false.

“This is not an accurate claim,” the spokesperson said. “CMS does not have a ‘Medicare Tracking System’ and the agency has not conducted an analysis to track beneficiary deaths in relationship to the timing of COVID-19 vaccination.”

The CMS data website (data.cms.gov/) shows “COVID-19 Nursing Home” data (here) and “Medicare COVID-19 Cases & Hospitalizations” (here), but no data about COVID-19 deaths after vaccination.

There is data available for “Medicare Deaths” (here), but the latest available data is from 2019. The origin of the 48,465 figure is unclear.

Renz did not immediately respond to Reuters request for comment.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains on its website (here) that the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) received 8,390 reports of deaths (0.0021%) among individuals who were vaccinated for COVID-19 between Dec. 14, 2020, and Oct. 4, 2021. The reports were not deemed causal by the CDC.

Reuters explored this lack of causality in other fact check articles visible  here ,  here  and  here  .

Renz has previously shared information that was found to be false by other fact-checkers, here , here , here , here and here .

VERDICT

False. There is no evidence that more than 48,000 people died within 14 days after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our fact-checking work  here  .       

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