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Fact Check-Posts claiming teens suffered adverse reactions from COVID-19 vaccines cite VAERS data, but no cause proven

Social media users are claiming that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released information that teenagers who received COVID-19 vaccinations have 7.5 times more deaths, 15 times more disabilities and 44 times more hospitalizations than those who received all Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved vaccines. Entries in the open portal that collects vaccine reactions, however, can be submitted by anybody and are not confirmed to be causal by the CDC.

Examples can be seen here and here .

The texts in the posts show a headline that reads: “CDC: teens injected with COVID shots have 7.5 times more deaths, 15 times more disabilities, 44 times more hospitalizations than all FDA approved vaccines in 2021”

The text in the article, originally published on Health Impact News (archived archive.ph/ogFJk ) reads: “The CDC did another data dump into their Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) database today. As of August 27, 2021 there have been 13,911 deaths, 2,933,377 injury symptoms, 18,098 permanent disabilities, 76,160 ER visits, 56,912 hospitalization, and 14,327 life-threatening events recorded following experimental COVID-19 ‘vaccinations’.”

These numbers cite reports entered into the VAERS reporting system, which are not adverse events and deaths confirmed or corroborated by the CDC.

As shown www.vaers.hhs.gov/data.html , VAERS welcomes healthcare providers, vaccine manufacturers, and the public to submit reports to the system. However, it warns that data found on the site “may contain information that is incomplete, inaccurate, coincidental, or unverifiable.”

As stated by the CDC here , “Reports of adverse events to VAERS following vaccination, including deaths, do not necessarily mean that a vaccine caused a health problem.” At the end of the page, it says, “A review of available clinical information, including death certificates, autopsy, and medical records, has not established a causal link to COVID-19 vaccines.” It mentions a plausible link between the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and blood clots.

According to CDC guidance listed on its page reporting adverse events from COVID-19 vaccines here , there have been 8,164 reports of death (0.0021%) recorded from December 14, 2020, to September 27, 2021 "among people who received a COVID-19 vaccine." It is important to note that the "FDA requires healthcare providers to report any death after COVID-19 vaccination to VAERS, even if it is unclear whether the vaccine was the cause”.

Health Impact News has published articles that have been debunked by fact checkers in the past ( here , here ), and described by Media Bias / Fact Check as “a Quackery-level pseudoscience website for the promotion of anti-vaccination propaganda as well as chemtrails, geoengineering, and false information regarding GMOs” (here .)

VERDICT

Missing context. The posts cite numbers from the U.S. Vaccine Adverse Event System (VAERS) reporting system, and the reports do not prove causality.

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

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