A board member of a large German insurance company has spoken out over the “alarming” data his company has found regarding Covid vaccine side-effects.
Up to the end of 2021, the German Government recorded around 245,000 vaccine side-effects. However, the analysis by health insurance company BKK ProVita suggests the true figure is up to ten times higher.
A search of the databases of all BKK health insurance companies found that, from January to August 2021, around 217,000 of about 11 million BKK policyholders had to be treated for vaccine side-effects. Andreas Schöfbeck, the board member who spoke out, told Die Welt: “According to our calculations, we consider 400,000 doctor visits by our insured persons due to vaccination complications to date to be realistic. Extrapolated to the total population, this figure would be three million.” That comes out as around ten times higher than the official figure from the Paul Ehrlich Institute, the Government agency responsible for vaccinations.
Mr. Schöfbeck suggests the shortcomings of the passive reporting system are the main explanation for the massive discrepancy, with doctors often having to report vaccine side-effects in their spare time – a time-consuming and unpaid activity. Doctors may also be reticent to see or report problems with the Covid vaccines, which have been the subject of massive public health campaigns and widely seen as the way out of the pandemic.
Mr. Schöfbeck says he sent his company’s analysis to a range of bodies, including the German Medical Association, the Standing Committee on Vaccination (StiKo) and the Paul Ehrlich Institute. He reports he told them the figures were a “strong alarm signal” that “absolutely must be taken into account in the further use of vaccines”. He suggested his figures could be validated by the usual data analyses of health insurance companies, adding it is “ethically wrong not to talk about it” as “danger to human life cannot be ruled out”. When none of the bodies appeared to show interest in the findings he went public with his concerns.
Evidence has been emerging in recent weeks that Government vaccine adverse event reporting systems are systematically under-reporting side-effects. An Israeli survey asking vaccine recipients about side-effects found rates hundreds or even thousands of times higher than official figures. The U.K. MHRA has previously estimated that only around 10% of serious vaccine side-effects are reported, a figure that fits with the German insurance company data. The claims of health authorities that these events are almost all coincidental are beginning to look very shaky indeed.