Case #1121695 received by VAERS on 3/22/2021: “The patient, who has no significant past medical history including diabetes, presented with very severe diabetic ketoacidosis one week after receiving the vaccine. He developed severe metabolic encephalopathy, aspiration pneumonia, and was placed on mechanical ventilation. At the time of this reporting, he is [brain dead] (awaiting apnea test confirmation). He is expected not to survive.”
Date of COVID-19 Vaccination: 3/10/2021.
Case #1140258 received by VAERS on 4/12/2021: “[Female] Patient contacted 911 complaining of not feeling well and difficulty breathing. Upon arrival patient was found by EMS in cardiac arrest. EMS was unable to get return of spontaneous circulation.”
Date of COVID-19 Vaccination: 3/26/2021. Date of Death: 3/27/2021.
Case #1198540 received by VAERS on 4/12/2021: “Unknown if the vaccine has any correlation to event. Patient was found unresponsive and not breathing on 4/11/21 @ approximately 3:45 PM outside on the grounds of the campus. A rented scoter was next to him. There was no sign of trauma. 9-1-1 was called and CPR initiated by passerby (there were no witnesses). He remained unresponsive and was intubated when the paramedics arrived. He was transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead.”
Date of COVID-19 Vaccination: 4/1/2021. Date of Death: 4/11/2021.
Case #1206323 received by VAERS on 4/14/2021: “[Male] Pt received vaccine at 1130 on 4/10. Per report of others reported feeling fine at 2300 4/10. Went to bed. Awoke at approx 0100 4/11, reported not feeling well, vomited, returned to bed. Found by housemate at appox 2100 4/11 unresponsive. Declared deceased with rigor mortis by EMS. Pt in custody of the coroner for autopsy.”
Date of COVID-19 Vaccination: 4/10/2021. Date of Death: 4/11/2021.
Case #1243791 received by VAERS on 4/22/2021: “Per the father, the deceased received his first shot of Moderna vaccine on Saturday, 4/10/2021 at a local church. He did not work on 4/11/2021. Worked on 4/12/2021. The deceased was found dead at 6:43 p.m. at his home.”
Date of COVID-19 Vaccination: 4/10/2021. Date of Death: 4/12/2021.
Established in 1990, the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is a national early warning system to detect possible safety problems in U.S.-licensed vaccines. VAERS is co-managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). VAERS accepts and analyzes reports of adverse events (possible side effects) after a person has received a vaccination. Anyone can report an adverse event to VAERS. Healthcare professionals are required to report certain adverse events and vaccine manufacturers are required to report all adverse events that come to their attention.
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. This way, VAERS can provide CDC and FDA with valuable information that additional work and evaluation is necessary to further assess a possible safety concern.