Letter to the Editor RTSA

The COVID piece in the Dec. 16 issue read like a vaccine advertorial more than a journalistic article. While case counts are up, most people experience mild symptoms, which you didn't mention. According to the data you included, cases are higher in the unvaccinated, but you didn’t mention that once they’ve recovered, they’ll have stronger immunity than the vaccines provide. 

In highlighting the percentage of unvaccinated, you did not include the number from that group who’ve recovered and have natural immunity. 

There was no mention of vaccination risks at all. As of Dec, 14, VAERS reported 965,843 vaccine adverse events (155,506 serious) and 20,244 deaths. 

In 5-11 year olds, who have almost no serious risk from the virus, 4,181 adverse events and two deaths occurred. 

And these numbers are based on the small fraction of actual adverse events get reported.It would be a shame to have someone read such a piece, and when their risk of a severe COVID infection is almost “0,” end up with one of the adverse events, such as myocarditis, which results in lifelong heart damage. 

Even worse if that happens in a child. If you serve the people of western Wisconsin, I’d encourage you to put more effort into your COVID-19 coverage and tell the whole story. If not, maybe just add a blue box at the top of future articles like this that says “advertorial.”

Tom Nikkola

Town of Hudson

(2) comments

Charles McGee

VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System)

--"is a passive surveillance system, meaning it relies on people sending in reports of their experiences after vaccination."

--"accepts reports from anyone, including patients, family members, healthcare providers and vaccine manufacturers."

--"is not designed to determine if a vaccine caused or contributed to an adverse event. A report to VAERS does not mean the vaccine caused the event."

The VAERS system is not vetted.

See https://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/ensuringsafety/monitoring/vaers/index.html

JEFFRY LASAR

The VAERS statistics are not official. VAERS allows submissions by anyone and is often used by anti-vaxxers to support their position. Yes, you may have more antibodies after covid but only IF YOU SURVIVE. Your chance of surviving is far greater if you've been vaccinated and that is fact.

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