The Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) is an organizational structure run jointly by the CDC and the FDA. It’s a reporting system that accepts and analyzes the reports of adverse events following vaccination in order to try and determine whether those adverse events were caused by the vaccine in question.
Technically, anyone can report an adverse event to VAERS. However, while most Americans have the option to file a report of adverse events into VAERS, there are some people who must report them, such as healthcare professionals and vaccine manufacturers. However, because VAERS has this self-reporting component to it, it’s officially classified as a passive reporting system.
Let’s take a look at what has been reported within VAERS in regard to the COVID-19 vaccines—and see if we can detect any “unusual or unexpected patterns of adverse events,” as its website says the system is useful for.