V-safe is an application that allows users to record how they feel after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.
The release resulted from a lawsuit filed by ICAN because the CDC did not release the v-safe data in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
In light of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recent decision to add COVID-19 shots to the recommended immunization schedule for adults and children ages 6 months and older, data from the v-safe system may be even more valuable and informative.
ICAN is still combing through the data it received from v-safe’s over 10 million users, but so far has reported that “782,913 individuals, or over 7.7% of v-safe users, had a health event requiring medical attention, emergency room intervention, and/or hospitalization.”
Among the 13,000 children under age two whose reports are included in the data, there are “over 33,000 symptoms experienced that were significant enough to report, with the most common symptoms being irritability, sleeplessness, pain, and loss of appetite.”
ICAN has developed a dashboard that allows anyone to look at the data that has been sorted so far.
V-safe only includes data from about four percent of those who received COVID-19 vaccines.
Dr. Angelina Farella, a pediatrician for 25 years who owns a practice in Webster, called the CDC’s recommendation for the COVID-19 vaccination for children “gut-wrenching” in an interview with The Texan.
She does not believe the vaccine, which has not received full FDA approval and is being delivered under an emergency use authorization, should be part of the recommendations.
“It is still not safe and the efficacy is terrible. It is not effective,” said Farella, who is part of the Freedom Doctor Alliance and has spoken at multiple conferences about the impact of COVID-19 and the policies and practices implemented during the pandemic.
Farella noted that minors under 21 enrolled in Medicaid receive all ACIP-recommended vaccines, including the newly recommended COVID-19 vaccine, at no cost to them.
She believes the potential side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine, like myocarditis, make it all risk and no benefit, since most children are not at risk of serious illness or hospitalization from a variant of COVID-19.
The CDC itself recognizes that the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines carry an “elevated risk for myocarditis and pericarditis … particularly in males ages 12–39 years.” Myocarditis and pericarditis are conditions involving inflammation of the heart or tissues around the heart.
The CDC advises that males in the designated age group receive counseling regarding the risk of myocarditis and pericarditis and the need to seek treatment if either should develop.
Dr. Peter McCullough, a well-known cardiologist from Dallas known for his work promoting early treatment protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic, asserted in a recent article that he believes the recent spate of “sudden adult death syndrome” is a result of myocarditis.
“Because half or more of COVID-19 vaccine induced myocarditis is asymptomatic, the first manifestation can be collapse due to an abnormal heart rhythm and unless promptly resuscitated, the pathway to death is rapid and final,” he explained.
States do not have to adopt the CDC’s recommended immunization schedule. When viewing Texas’ Department of State Health Services recommendations for childhood vaccines, the link takes the user directly to the CDC’s schedule.
Texas allows parents to seek exemptions from the immunization requirements for elementary and secondary school students.
In October 2021, Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order prohibiting any entity from compelling a person to receive a COVID-19 injection who objects to its receipt based on personal conscience, religious, or medical reasons.
The agreed scheduling order that resulted in the release of v-safe data did not include a release of the free response questions that allowed participants to provide more data about the effects they suffered.
The order recited that the parties will work together to resolve the outstanding part of ICAN’s FOIA request for the free response data.
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Kim Roberts is a regional reporter for the Texan in the DFW metroplex area where she has lived for over twenty years. She has a Juris Doctor from Baylor University Law School and a Bachelor's in government from Angelo State University. In her free time, Kim home schools her daughter and coaches high school extemporaneous speaking and apologetics. She has been happily married to her husband for 23 years, has three wonderful children, and two dogs.