The Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS)

Doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other vaccine administrators are required by federal law to record serious health problems, hospitalizations and injuries that occur after vaccination in a person’s permanent medical record and to report serious health problems following vaccination to the federal Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS). The co-founders of NVIC secured informing, recording, reporting and research safety provisions in the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act that requires doctors and any person who administers a vaccine to a child or adult in the U.S. to:

  1. Provide written vaccine benefit and risk information before vaccination takes place;
  2. Keep a permanent record of all vaccinations given, including the manufacturer’s name and vaccine lot number;
  3. Record symptoms of serious health problems in the patient’s permanent medical record;
  4. Make a report to the federal Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) of serious health problems, hospitalizations, injuries and deaths that occur following vaccinations;

It is estimated that only about one percent of all adverse events following vaccination, including injuries and deaths, are reported to VAERS. 41 42  If a doctor or other vaccine provider refuses to make a vaccine adverse event report to VAERS, the person or family of the person, who has suffered a serious health problem after vaccination, can make the report directly to VAERS.

Learn more about how to report vaccine reactions to VAERS and to NVIC here.

Search the government’s VAERS database and view descriptions of vaccine reaction reports filed with VAERS since 1990 here.

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