Vaccine Safety Update

This is the 27th of the round-ups of Covid vaccine safety reports and news compiled by a group of medical doctors who are monitoring developments but prefer to remain anonymous in the current climate (find the 26th one here). By no means is this part of an effort to generate alarm about the vaccines or dissuade anyone from getting inoculated. It should be read in conjunction with the Daily Sceptic‘s other posts on vaccines, which include both encouraging and not so encouraging developments. At the Daily Sceptic we report all the news about the vaccines whether positive or negative and give no one advice about whether they should or should not take them. Unlike with lockdowns, we are neither pro-vaccine nor anti-vaccine; we see our job as reporting the facts, not advocating for or against a particular policy. The vaccine technology is novel and the vaccines have not yet fully completed their trials, which is why they’re in use under temporary and not full market authorisation. This was done on account of the emergency situation and the trial data was largely encouraging on both efficacy and safety. For a summary of that data, see this preamble to the Government’s page on the Yellow Card reporting system. (Dr. Tess Lawrie in June wrote an open letter to Dr. June Raine, head of the MHRA, arguing that: “The MHRA now has more than enough evidence on the Yellow Card system to declare the COVID-19 vaccines unsafe for use in humans,” a claim that has been ‘fact checked’ here.) Boris Johnson said in October that being double vaccinated “doesn’t protect you against catching the disease, and it doesn’t protect you against passing it on”. We publish information and opinion to inform public debate and help readers reach their own conclusions about what is best for them, based on the available data.

Summary of Adverse Events in the U.K.

According to an updated report published on February 16th, the MHRA Yellow Card reporting system has recorded a total of 1,461,822 events based on 446,382 reports. The total number of fatalities reported is 2,022.

  • Pfizer (26 million first doses, 23.2 million second doses, 29 million third doses) now has one Yellow Card in 157 people vaccinated. Deaths: one in 36,111 people vaccinated (720).
  • AstraZeneca (24.9 million first doses, 24.2 million second doses, 54,000 third doses) has one Yellow Card in 102 people vaccinated. Deaths: one in 20,327 people vaccinated (1,225).
  • Moderna (1.6 million first doses, 1.4 million second doses, 8.9 million third doses) has one Yellow Card in 45 people vaccinated. Deaths: one in 41,026 people vaccinated (39).

Overall, one in every 118 people vaccinated (0.85%) have experienced a Yellow Card adverse event. The MHRA has previously estimated that the Yellow Card reporting rate may be approximately 10% of actual figures. Note that sometimes in Yellow Card reporting, the numbers of adverse events (including fatalities) will be lower than the previous week. The Yellow Card system is a passive reporting system, so in theory this should not happen as all reports should be cumulative. However, the MHRA says it analyses the data prior to publication, with deaths and pregnancy conditions being notably investigated. It does not state criteria by which reports would be removed and to date has not clarified why these data vary. It is therefore unclear how many reported adverse events have been removed from the reports since reporting began in February 2021.

  • Blood Disorders = 27,103
  • Pulmonary Embolism & Deep Vein Thrombosis = 4,050
  • Anaphylaxis = 1,611
  • Acute Cardiac = 26,750
  • Pericarditis/Myocarditis = 1,970
  • Eye Disorders = 24,164
  • Blindness = 508
  • Deafness = 769
  • Spontaneous Abortions = 771 miscarriages
  • Nervous System Disorders = 281,402
  • Headaches & Migraines = 138,571
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders = 133,185
  • Strokes and CNS haemorrhages = 3,128
  • Vertigo & Tinnitus = 11,736
  • Seizures = 3,393
  • Paralysis = 1,475
  • Paraesthesia & Dysaesthesia (chronic burning sensation, pricking nerve pain) = 28,532
  • Infections = 34,149
  • Skin Disorders = 99,455
  • Respiratory Disorders = 54,941
  • Renal & Urinary Disorders = 4,404
  • Psychiatric Disorders = 30,689
  • Reproductive/Breast Disorders = 56,320
  • Immune System Disorders = 6,276

Further analysis can be found via the U.K. Freedom Project.

Source: Pfizer; Moderna; AstraZeneca; Unspecified. “F” denotes fatal.
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