Nicole Shanahan is wrong about VAERS + vaccine injury payouts!

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Vice Presidential candidate Nicole Shanahan just spouted nonsense about VAERS and vaccine injury compensation! Take a look at her viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!


Nicole Shanahan : VAERS Is Organisation That Determines Vaccine Injury!

Vice Presidential candidate, and Robert F. Kennedy Jr.‘s running mate, Nicole Shanahan just claimed (archive) that VAERS is the organization that determines if someone was injured by a vaccine, and can be compensated.

In the United States, VAERS is the body that determines if someone injured by a vaccine can be compensated. Here’s the dirty truth: Tax payers cover all expenses for this (all legal fees and the payout), not the pharmaceutical company actually responsible for the injury.

That means these companies can make you sick, get paid huge profits from selling the injections, and the taxpayers are the ones on the hook for their mistakes. As the Covid vaccine is proven to be responsible for more and more injuries, this scheme promises to take our country even further into debt.

The correct course of action is to return to standard tort liability for all vaccine developers. It is the right thing for our country, for our budget, and is even in the best interest of the vaccine developers who will be held to a higher standard in safety.

Nicole Shanahan made those comments in response to a PeterSweden post about AstraZeneca facing $255 million in compensation for admitting that its COVID-19 vaccines can cause blood clots.

When told that she was wrong, Shanahan chose not to apologise for the mistake and post a correction. Instead, she doubled down (archive), insisting that VAERS is an organisation that defines vaccine injuries that can be compensated:

Seeing people want more information – GREAT! VAERS is an organization that defines what injuries can be compensated – yes it is a database. The payout, and the lawyers who represent the injured are paid by taxpayers via a sister organization VICP.

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Truth : VAERS Is Not Organisation That Determines Vaccine Injury!

It is unfortunate that someone running to be Vice President of the United States not only responded to a known peddler of fake news, she appeared to be agreeing with him.

As the running mate of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who is notoriously anti-vaccine, Nicole Ann Shanahan may be trying to impress him, or his supporters – many of whom espouse the same anti-vaccine rhetoric and opinions.

However, in doing so, she demonstrated her profound lack of knowledge. Here is what Nicole Shanahan needs to know about VAERS

Fact #1 :  VAERS Is A Reporting System

Let me start by pointing out that VAERS is an an acronym for the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System used by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

VAERS is not a body that “determines if someone injured by a vaccine can be compensated”, as Nicole Shanahan claimed. It is an early warning system design to collect adverse event reports, to detect possible safety problems in U.S. licensed vaccines.

Fact #2 :  VAERS Data Is Unverified

I should point out that VAERS is a passive reporting system similar to the British Yellow Card system, and it relies on individuals or healthcare professionals to submit reports of potential adverse reactions to vaccines.

While its open, catch-all design lets scientists catch very rare adverse events that even large clinical trials may not catch, VAERS is open to abuse as anyone from anywhere in the world can submit a report, and write anything they want.

In other words – VAERS data is unverified, and cannot be used to determine whether a vaccine injury has occurred, never mind determine whether someone should be compensated for that vaccine injury!

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Nicole Shanahan Spouts Nonsense About VAERS!

Fact #3 : VAERS Is Managed By CDC + FDA

VAERS is also not an independent or separate organisation. It is a database that is co-managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

For Shanahan’s benefit, both the CDC and the FDA are agencies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Hence, the official VAERS website is – it is using a subdomain under the official HHS government website domain.

Fact #4 : VICP Determines Vaccine Injury Compensations

As many people have pointed out to Nicole Shanahan, it is not VAERS – a database of unverified reports of vaccine adverse events, that determines whether someone should be compensated for a vaccine injury.

That job belongs to the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), which is under a completely different HHS agency – the U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). VICP is a program offering an alternative to the tort system for resolving vaccine injury petitions.

In fact, the VAERS FAQ specifically pointed out that the VICP is a separate program from VAERS.

Is VAERS involved in the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program?

No. The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) is a separate program from VAERS and is administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Reporting an adverse event to VAERS does not constitute filing a claim with the VICP. For more information about the VICP, call (800) 338-2382 or visit the VICP Web site.

VICP compensation is funded through excise taxes on covered vaccines, while expenses are paid through annual funding by Congress.

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Nicole Shanahan Spouts Nonsense About VAERS!

Fact #5 : COVID-19 Vaccines Are Covered By CICP

While Nicole Shanahan tried to cover her mistake by claiming that VAERS “defines” what injuries can be compensated, but it is VICP that pays the compensation, that’s not accurate since she was referring to COVID-19 vaccines.

Community Notes on X (formerly Twitter) are also inaccurate when it comes to vaccine injury compensation for COVID-19 vaccines, which are not covered by the VICP, but a separate Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program (CICP).

It is the 2005 Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act) that authorises the CICP to provide benefits / compensation to people “who sustain a covered serious physical injury as the direct result of the administration or use of covered countermeasures” that were “administered or used under a PREP Act declaration“.

The PREP Act declaration for COVID-19 does not only cover COVID-19 vaccines, but also antiviral and biologic drugs, as well as diagnostic tools, used to diagnose, mitigate, prevent, treat, or cure COVID-19, or the transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

In addition to COVID-19, the CICP also covers compensation for:

  • acute radiation syndrome
  • anthrax
  • botulinum toxin
  • Ebola
  • Marburg
  • nerve agents and certain insecticides
  • pandemic influenza
  • Smallpox and other orthopoxviruses like mpox
  • Zika

The CICP is funded through separate Congressional appropriations that must occur each time a new countermeasure is designated.

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