The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) was established in 1990 and is managed by both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a way to collect information about harmful side effects potentially caused by vaccinations. It’s meant to serve as a sort of “early warning system” so healthcare professionals can pivot in the event a vaccine causes unforeseen damage to patients.
When this happens, and it occasionally does with all vaccines, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) provides a claims procedure to potentially provide compensation for those who are injured. The law under which the VICP was created – the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA) – also conveniently shields vaccine manufacturers from liability for their products. (I say “conveniently” because it’s certainly convenient for vaccine makers, but I also somewhat understand the logic, since vaccine makers would be hesitant to produce anything at all if they were held financially liable for anything and everything that went wrong even after FDA approval of their products.)
Of course, simply looking at VAERS data and assuming at face value that every single entry was directly caused by the