"Knowledge of adverse events following vaccinations is largely based on voluntary reports to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) by physicians and parents. However, the rate of reporting of serious vaccine injuries is estimated to be <1%" -- Quoted from a pilot comparative study on the health of vaccinated and unvaccinated 6 to 12 year old U.S. children (source)
While the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) data is indeed a valuable resource for discovering vaccine related injuries, one must keep in mind that only a tiny fraction of vaccine related injuries are actually reported to the system according to several studies and reports, including a Harvard report that put the number at less than 1%. The reasons for such a small number become clear when one understands that a), many doctors do not even know about the reporting system, b) doctors typically receive only a few hours of training regarding vaccines, and c) doctors are told that vaccines are safe and effective and therefore vaccines cannot cause serious injury, thus there is no reason to report the event. Furthermore, doctors have been pressured by their superiors and the CDC to not report vaccine injury events.
To access the VAERS database you can follow the steps below or watch the video tutorial COVID Conversations - general discussions, accessing VAERS (9-July-2021). Fast-forward to 11:27 to jump right into the tutorial.
- Go to https://wonder.cdc.gov/vaers.html
- Scroll to the bottom of the form and click the 'I Agree' button.
- Scroll to the top of the form and click the 'Request Form' tab.
- If you want to read the event descriptions, then in the '1. Organize table layout' section, next to the 'Group Results By' text, select the 'VAERS ID' list item.
- While still in the '1. Organize table layout' section, click the 'Adverse Event Description' checkbox.
- Scroll down to the '3. Select vaccine characteristics' section and select the vaccine or vaccines of interest (hold the CTRL key to select multiple list items).
- Optionally, scroll down to the '4. Select location, age, gender' section and refine your query, such as by selecting the 'All Locations' list item.
- Scroll down to the '5. Select other event characteristics' and refine your query (hold the CTRL key to select multiple list items).
- This is all you need to do, but you can refine your query further is you wish. Once you are finished, click any one of the 'Send' buttons.