Fact Check: California Is NOT Mandating Vaccine With Mortality Rate 174X Higher Than COVID-19

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  • by: Alexis Tereszcuk
Fact Check: California Is NOT Mandating Vaccine With Mortality Rate 174X Higher Than COVID-19 Bad Numbers

Is California mandating a vaccine with a mortality rate 174 times higher than the COVID-19 virus? No, that's not true: No children or adolescents died in the COVID vaccine trials, Pfizer told Lead Stories.

The claim appeared in an Instagram post on October 1, 2021.

In case you were wondering how insane it is to mandate the jab for kids...

Social media users saw this:

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(Source: Instagram screenshot taken on Sat Oct 2 21.40.45 2021 UTC)

The numbers used to create the false comparison are wrong. Regarding the claim "Pfizer & Moderna trials with children showed 1 death per 1,000 vaccinated":

"We have not seen any deaths in our child or adolescent trials (see NEJM study for 12-15 here)," a Pfizer spokesperson told Lead Stories via email on October 7, 2021.

This false "1 death per 1,000 vaccinated" claim appears to have come from an article on Wellnessdoc.org that said:

Pfizer and Moderna trials have each had 1,000 children in the 12-15 year old group of their trials. According to Medalerts.org, two 15 year-old children have died reportedly from cardiac related deaths, one that had the Pfizer and one that had the Moderna vaccine. It has to be assumed that they were part of the clinical trials as those age groups were not approved for the EUA until May 10, 2021. That is a 1 in 1,000 death rate since each trial had enrolled 1,000 teens.

Pfizer released details of its COVID-19 vaccine trials on March 31, 2021. It said 2,260 adolescents, not 1,000, participated in the trial:

NEW YORK & MAINZ, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) and BioNTech SE (Nasdaq: BNTX) today announced that, in a Phase 3 trial in adolescents 12 to 15 years of age with or without prior evidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine BNT162b2 demonstrated 100% efficacy and robust antibody responses, exceeding those recorded earlier in vaccinated participants aged 16 to 25 years old, and was well tolerated. These are topline results from a pivotal Phase 3 trial in 2,260 adolescents.

The wellnessdoc.com article, by chiropractor Alan Palmer, claims the information regarding the deaths can be found on medalerts.org, which uses the unverified Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) for information.

Anyone with internet access can add a report to the VAERS list of reports. The public access link to it expressly warns against unwarranted conclusions based on VAERS material because the list only provides a tally of unverified notes about any health event people experience after they are vaccinated. The list itself cannot be used to prove or quantify, since all it shows is a chronological correlation, not the causal link that would be more difficult to establish. It's the equivalent of a police precinct's running "blotter" of reports that may serve as a starting point for police work, not an end point.

Lead Stories reached out to Moderna for comment and will update the story when a response is received.

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  Alexis Tereszcuk

Alexis Tereszcuk is a writer and fact checker at Lead Stories and an award-winning journalist who spent over a decade breaking hard news and celebrity scoop with RadarOnline and Us Weekly.

As the Entertainment Editor, she investigated Hollywood stories and conducted interviews with A-list celebrities and reality stars.  

Alexis’ crime reporting earned her spots as a contributor on the Nancy Grace show, CNN, Fox News and Entertainment Tonight, among others.

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