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Excess Deaths, Part 4

By Bruce Webber
Posted 2024-06-22 in excess deaths

Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System

In my second article on excess deaths, I noted that mRNA vaccines may be a contributing factor. To explore this further, I looked at data from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). VAERS allows individuals, physicians, and vaccine manufacturers to report adverse events after the administration of a vaccine. VAERS is co-managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

VAERS is a voluntary, passive reporting system. According to the VAERS website, "VAERS is a passive reporting system, meaning it relies on individuals to send in reports of their experiences to CDC and FDA. VAERS is not designed to determine if a vaccine caused a health problem, but is especially useful for detecting unusual or unexpected patterns of adverse event reporting that might indicate a possible safety problem with a vaccine."

Because it is a voluntary system, adverse events are often not reported. A study conducted by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care stated that "fewer than 1% of vaccine adverse events are reported". (See What is underreporting and why it matters?.)

In spite of these limitations, VAERS can provide insights into vaccine safety.

Comparing the COVID and Influenza Vaccines

I downloaded the VAERS dataset for 2022 and compared the adverse events reported for the influenza and COVID vaccines. (See the table below.)

For the influenza vaccines, 9,588 adverse events were reported, 110 of which were deaths. For the COVID vaccines, 204,303 adverse events were reported, 6,254 of which were deaths. Already, we see many more adverse events and deaths reported for the COVID vaccines.

To compare these numbers, I adjusted for the number of vaccines administered. According to Our World In Data, 145 million doses of COVID vaccines were administered, and the CDC estimates that between 173.5 million and 183.5 million doses of influenza vaccines were distributed. I included these numbers in the table and calculated the percentages of adverse reactions and deaths reported based on doses.

Vaccine Doses Adverse events reported Deaths reported
Influenza 173,500,000 9,588 (0.0055%) 110 (0.0001%)
COVID 145,044,227 204,303 (0.1409%) 6,254 (0.0043%)

The percentage of adverse reactions reported for COVID vaccines is 25 times higher than that for influenza vaccines, and the percentage of deaths reported for COVID vaccines is 68 times higher than that for influenza vaccines.

As mentioned above, VAERS is a voluntary, passive reporting system. I cannot infer causality from these reports. And because of underreporting, I cannot determine how many excess deaths might be associated with COVID vaccines. Nonetheless, the numbers are troubling.


If you want to explore the VAERS data, check out the OpenVAERS project. It pulls data from VAERS and displays statistics and graphs for a variety of COVID vaccine adverse events. You can see the sharp increase in deaths reported in 2021 and see graphs associated with different diseases.

All Deaths Reported to VAERS by Year

All Deaths Reported to VAERS by Year

State of Kansas v. Pfizer Inc.

A recent lawsuit pertains to COVID vaccine adverse events. On 2024-05-17, Kansas Attorney General Kris Kobach filed a civil lawsuit against Pfizer. The lawsuit alleges:

  • Pfizer misled the public that it had a “safe and effective” COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Pfizer said its COVID-19 vaccine was safe even though it knew its COVID-19 vaccine was connected to serious adverse events, including myocarditis and pericarditis, failed pregnancies, and deaths. Pfizer concealed this critical safety information from the public.
  • Pfizer said its COVID-19 vaccine was effective even though it knew its COVID-19 vaccine waned over time and did not protect against COVID-19 variants. Pfizer concealed this critical effectiveness information from the public.
  • Pfizer said its COVID-19 vaccine would prevent transmission of COVID-19 even though it knew it never studied the effect of its vaccine on transmission of COVID-19.
  • To keep the public from learning the truth, Pfizer worked to censor speech on social media that questioned Pfizer’s claims about its COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Pfizer’s misrepresentations of a “safe and effective” vaccine resulted in record company revenue of approximately $75 billion from COVID-19 vaccine sales in just two years.


Please do not take an mRNA vaccine, whether it's a COVID booster or a new mRNA vaccine (for example, Moderna is working on a COVID/flu combo vaccine). mRNA vaccines appear to have a much higher rate of adverse events, including death.

The mRNA vaccine is supposed to remain in the injection site (typically the deltoid muscle). However, if some of it gets into the bloodstream, it travels to other parts of the body, and the mRNA gets into the cells there. Depending on the part of the body, different diseases and adverse conditions may result.

I shared my personal history and strategy regarding COVID in my second excess deaths article.