Articles and images circulating on social media falsely claim that COVID-19 vaccines have killed more people than all other vaccines combined in the past 20 years. The story misuses VAERS claims as evidence of the headline. However, it misses the fact that VAERS reports are not verified and that the system was not designed to identify causal links between vaccines and adverse health events occurring after vaccination.
Additionally, there have been coordinated efforts to misrepresent VAERS data and spread disinformation by filing false VAERS claims. When suspected links between the vaccines and adverse events are identified—such as the rare blood clotting risk associated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine—regulatory agencies thoroughly investigate the potential risks to determine the appropriate next steps.