With the aim to provide more accurate and timely data, the Truth for Health Foundation launched the Citizens Vaccine Injury Reporting System (CVIRS) in April, an alternative vaccine injury reporting system to the much-criticized one managed by federal health agencies.
The Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), jointly run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been challenged as an “outdated and unreliable” database for vaccine injuries, especially since the emergency use authorization of COVID-19 vaccines, said Lee Vliet, M.D., the president, and CEO of the Truth for Health Foundation
“The VAERS system is seriously flawed, difficult to use, and intimidating with threats of fines and prosecution for a false statement on every screen,” said Vliet. “VAERS has been known, since the Harvard study in 2010, to seriously under-report adverse events because of the difficulty in using it. Laypeople cannot easily self-report, and there is a disincentive for health professionals to report adverse events due to the system being so time-consuming for each report.”
Launched in English, Spanish, and Chinese, CVIRS promises to be user-friendly, with reporting taking less than 20 minutes via cell phone.