Vaccine Side Effects – By The Numbers

James Watkins | October 18, 2021

In the latest Vaccine Adverse Effects Reporting System (or VAERS) report, there is new data as of October 8th, 2021.

From week to week, updated by, we can gauge side effects based on CDC’s own reporting system.

These numbers are relevant when assessing risk from different age groups who are considering whether or not to get a vaccine shot, and it’s why many feel the numbers should be given their due inspection, ugly or not.

While the CDC makes them available (by law), trying to interpret them is similarly like solving a Rubiks cube. You want the data, but you have to download reams of it and then sort it accordingly. I’ve done it and it is painstakingly time-consuming.

Thankfully, has created the software to do this, making it much easier to see the on-the-ground affects from week to week more efficiently so Americans can see for themselves how safe or how dangerous vaccines really are. This is what they might call following the science.

We can see, for example, over 2.1 million people got a vaccine shot in the last week. Just over 218 million people have been at least partially vaccinated in total as of today, October 18, 2021.

During the week of October 1 to the 8th 456 people died within one week after getting a vaccination; there were 3,064 people who required hospitalization, 2,739 people who went to urgent care, 352 suffered from Bell’s Palsy, and there were 193 miscarriages after women received a vaccine shot during that same week.

Of the 218,181,000 people who have received at least one vaccine shot in the United States there have been a total of 16,766 deaths; over 79,669 hospitalizations, and just under 90,000 urgent care visits ending October 8, 2021, according to the CDC.

As the CDC tells us, the VEARS reporting system doesn’t specifically mean the event was caused solely by the vaccine, but since 90% of the adverse effects occur within 72 hours of getting it, the likelihood of the vaccine causing the adverse effects seem probable, and like Covid, depends on underlying conditions.

Looking at deaths we can actually see which vaccines seem more lethal.

For example, of the 16,766 deaths reported this far going back to January 2021, Pfizer is responsible for more than half at 11,346 deaths. 

Moderna accounts for about 25% of deaths, J&J is just under 7%.

Could these percentages reflect number of doses given? Perhaps Pfizer has a higher number of deaths because it is the most administered. The CDC should tell us.

Another interesting data set is that Men appear to die slightly more often than women. Men make up slightly more than 53% of all vaccine-related deaths; Women represent 44%. The remaining group (850 people who died) did not record their gender when getting vaccinated or the information wasn’t included on the report.

Perhaps the most telling data is which age groups are dying.

As follows, of those who died broken fown by age group:

24% were 81 years or older

Ages 66-80 – 22%

Ages 51-65 – 9.5%

Ages 25-50 –  5.0%  

Ages 0-24 –  Less than 1.0%

Unfortunately, the largest group is unknown (6,264) and represents just under 30% of all cases.

If the known demographics bear out, then 73% of all deaths from the vaccine occur with people over the age of 51.

Heart attacks, one of the most common severe reactions from getting a vaccination, also has some interesting data sets.

Of the 8,136 heart attacked reported thus far this year in the U.S.,

16% were 76 years or older

61-75 – 16%

46-60  – 15%

30-45 – 09%

12-29 – 03%

Unknown – 32%

Based on this data almost half of all those who have a heart attack are 46 years or older. What is troubling is that a slightly younger demographic (people aged between 46-60 years of age) are just as likely to suffer a heart attack than people almost twice their age. 

Taken against the context that coronavirus affects about 2% of the general population (people who actually get sick), based on the current 604,159 adverse effects reported by the over 214 million people vaccinated, you have a .28% chance of having an adverse effect, compared to a higher 2.0% chance of getting sick, or of the 0.23% of the U.S. population who have actually died from Covid-related illness (745,000 is 0.23% of 330-million).

Here is a chart we created to keep track. We will make it available on our website at Candidly and also include new updates each week on our Coronavirus Update podcast


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