Facts Matter! VAERS Offers None

To the Editor:

It always amazes me how anti-vaxxers, conspiracy theorists and right wingers use data from questionable organizations in an attempt to prove their outrageous claims. Alison Despathy’s letter in the October 22nd Edition of the Caledonian-Record is a textbook case of just that. Ms. Despathy clearly doesn’t understand that fact checking is as easy as a Google search these days. She uses the organization VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System) to validate her opinions. In short, VAERS’ use of facts is questionable at best. The Reuters News Agency has fact checked VAERS and here’s their conclusion “Posts show the number of VAERS deaths reported out of context to falsely claim that thousands of U.S. vaccine recipients who died after getting the vaccine, died as a result of getting the vaccine”. In other words, VAERS lies! Ms. Despathy fails to tell readers that anyone can post a claim on the VAERS website and also fails to print VAERS own disclaimer “reports may contain information that is incomplete, inaccurate, coincidental, or unverifiable”. Honestly, would you trust your decision making to any website, organization or individual who had such a disclaimer???

Ms. Despathy’s statements about the swine flu vaccine are even more outrageous. Here are the facts. Nine states halted the swine flu vaccine after 3 elderly people died in close proximity to receiving the vaccine. Reputable Federal and State Health Departments stated at the time “there was no evidence that the deaths resulted from the vaccine”. NO EVIDENCE!

I applaud Ms. Despathy’s concern for our wellbeing. But it is clear that Ms. Despathy has no firsthand knowledge of what she reports; she is not a scientist; she holds no medical degrees; she does not work for any legitimate health organizations such as the CDC or Vermont Department of Health. Her entire case is based on what she reads from questionable websites and discredited “health” organizations. Moral of the story…GET VACCINATED!

Oh, and to answer Ron Pal’s question. NO!!!

Gary Briggs

Lunenburg, Vt.


(5) comments

Karen Bufka

Mr. Briggs needs to do deeper research, consult multiple sources, especially as many primary sources as possible if he is going to publicly declare that "facts matter." Facts do indeed matter and that is why I applaud Ms. Despathy's generosity in offering a variety of resources to help Mr. Briggs inform himself more completely. Well done, Alison!

Allison Cassavechia

It is very unfortunate that Mr. Briggs feels so confident as to dismiss real harm that is happening during the Covid-19 vax implementation. Perhaps Mr. Briggs should look into the case of 12-year old Maddie de Garay of Cincinnati, Ohio, who volunteered for the Pfizer trials in her age group. According to her parents she was a healthy, active child. Unfortunately, Maddie had a severe reaction to the experimental Pfizer jab during the initial period of the trial and is now wheelchair bound and has several hospitalizations.

Do children like Maddie have the right to be seen and heard? The answer should clearly be yes. Should Maddie's injury have been thoroughly researched before the FDA/CDC approved Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) Pfizer for this age group? The obvious answer is yes, but the 'greater good' was more important.

Before Covid-19, I never knew or had heard of any stories of vaccine injury. Unfortunately that is no longer the case. I know of several families just in the NEK alone where a family member had a serious reaction. Several have been hospitalized.

You may have also read Dr. Reider's commentary from yesterday's Cal-Rec where a 25-year old from our region of the world is now on a heart transplant list. In addition, a family friend's nephew, a healthy 20 year old, proudly serving in our military, is just one of the many cases of young men experiencing myocarditis (heart inflammation) after the Pfizer jab.

I hope we are not so beyond the ability to support and have compassion for those who are suffering in our community whether it be from having an adverse outcome from contracting the Covid-19 virus itself or the Covid-19 jab.

We all need to take a deep breath. Open our hearts and minds to all of those who are suffering no matter the reason.

People are talking about this in the shadows and it needs to come into the light. You have the choice to be vaccinated and I support your choice. But folks also have the choice to fully informed consent regarding the benefits/risks of a medical treatment. If no one has the full picture than you cannot be fully informed.

“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”

― Mother Teresa

Jock Gill

As nothing is perfect, we will always have some adverse effects to anything we do. Two questions. 1] divide the number of adverse effects by the number of uses. In the case of the vaccine, this is a vanishingly small number - better than Ivory Snow’s 99 44/100% pure standard. 2] What are the consequences of not doing something? This question works just as well for vaccines as it does for our environmental situation. In the end, this is about the greater good for all and not letting a few regrettable negative experiences create a tyranny of the minority. Net Net vaccinations in general have saved vastly more lives and misery than they have caused. I do not see that the Covid vaccines are any different. It is important to have perspective and to keep our eyes on the prize: a healthy and robust society.

Alison Despathy

Hi Jock. I appreciate your thoughts. The more community input we have the more we can work towards a real understanding and real solutions. Unfortunately these experimental vaccines were never a solution and are not a solution. They are not safe and effective. This was and still is a clinical trial. Typically a new experimental vaccine technology like these mRNA injections require at least 10 years of massive research and many phased trials. Due to the pandemic, and the Emergency Use Authorization, these experimental injections as well as the faulty non specific PCR test were able to be rushed in. In order for this to happen, there had to be no available safe, effective treatments. This is the problem. There are many safe and effective treatments that many doctors have been trying to discuss and share. They have been squashed, smeared and censored due to the fact that this would inhibit the vaccine campaign and the promotion of the vaccine as the only solution. If these early outpatient and acute care treatment options were on the table and were promoted and practiced on a large scale and not just by a small percentage of healthcare providers as well as several countries around the world who are having incredible success, then Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) experimental injections would have never been justified. The interference of this information is on a massive scale including the highly reputable Medical journal, the Lancet, who retracted their study that supposedly showed that some existing medications were not effective. This was fraud at the highest level but unfortunately did allow the EUA to move forward, despite its later retraction and the fact that the metastudy referenced did not exist. A healthy and robust society is the true goal and based on the numbers of adverse events and the apparent ineffectiveness of the vaccine as well as the fact that so many have asymptomatic cases, how would you really assess effectiveness of this vaccine? That is a really important question. There are a tremendous amount of breakthrough cases. What actual level of immunity or protection is being offered by these vaccines? Repeatedly in the research, it has been shown that natural immunity is far superior than the vaccines. This needs to enter the conversation. This is critical. And this new technology is merging biotechnology, nanotechnology and synthetic biology in a way we have never seen before on a large percentage of the population including our children. This is a huge risk, we are literally using synthetic or recombinant (gene-modified) biotech to tell our cells to make a foreign protein. This is the definition of genetic modification. This is the exact technology. In my opinion, this is the largest biological experiment that humans have ever entered into. And according to the media and the social engineers, we had to do this, it was the only way. But it wasn’t and it isn’t. There are incredibly well-researched, developed and clinically used protocols for both early outpatient and acute inpatient care. We need to be looking to these options as we attempt to sift through the massive amount of reported adverse Events and deaths that have been reported to the HHS vaccine Adverse event Reporting System. We need a moratorium on these experimental injections to really go through this and truly assess safety, actual safety, especially as I said before, as the children are next in line. There is so much more to say to this and a massive body of evidence and research. If you are interested in continuing this conversation, please feel free to contact me. 802-748-1487. There truly is so much misinformation and a lot of real propaganda around this topic and these “safe and effective” vaccines. We have options, truly safe and effective options, and these need to be acknowledged and made available. People, especially children do not have to experiment on themselves to test out this highly risky, false solution. This is unacceptable. Please see through the campaign. Informed consent and Health choice are fundamental human rights and they are settled unlike science.

Alison Despathy

Hi Gary. Glad to see someone taking the time to do some of their own research, it’s quite rare these days unfortunately and there is a tremendous amount of misinformation out there. A few quick points-

I never write anything or print anything unless it’s thoroughly researched. Here are a few important links on the history of the swine flu, they are actually incredibly relevant today and display the problem with rushed vaccines, the overlap between the government and medicine as well as the politicization of the situation at hand.





https://www.nytimes.com/1976/12/21/archives https://www.nytimes.com/1978/11/11/archives/lessons-of-swine-flu.html/swine-flu-fiasco.html



Second- I would be very careful where you “fact check” and determine their backgrounds and sources of funding. For example, looking into the connections between Reuters and Pfizer is very significant. Unfortunately the revolving door and conflicts of interest lurk in every corner and sector and are unethical and drive false narratives.

And the current VAERS numbers are disturbing and warrant investigation. Healthcare providers are required by law to report to this HHS system. I had to call the hospital earlier this year to help ensure that healthcare providers were aware of this system and their responsibility and duty to report potential adverse events or deaths related to the Covid vaccine into this system. I had spoken with many nurses, nurse practitioners and doctors from our local hospital who had been told to have patients call Pfizer, Moderna or JandJ if they saw a suspected reaction. They were not aware and had not been trained to use this vaccine Adverse Event reporting system and because we are in clinical trials, this is critical to assess the data and risk versus reward analysis of these Covid vaccines. Also in a study performed by clinically trained reviewers of the VAERS data reported up to April 2021, it was determined that “contrary to claims that most of these reports are made by lay-people, and are hence clinically unreliable, we identified health service employees as the reporter in at least 67%.”


It is also important to note that in a study called the Lazarus Report, performed by Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare and submitted to HHS “fewer than 1% of vaccine adverse events are reported.” With this in mind, it is very likely that actual adverse events are much higher than we are currently seeing in VAERS. Unfortunately Vaccine injury is real and needs to be acknowledged, there are many people suffering in our community.


Here are just a few examples of Vermont VAERS reports for youth: this is heartbreaking and warrants legitimate acknowledgment and investigation. These are real people not raw data and this is unfortunately more prevalent than many people realize. These are truly experimental injections and it is important to keep this in mind especially as the government and public health move forward with the vaccination of children. There are many known and unknown risks and when looking at the the risk versus reward analysis regarding Covid, Covid vaccines and children, the evidence does not support the use and risk of this new experimental vaccine technology in our children.

• 12-year old male (VAERS ID 1351937): received Pfizer/Biontech injection on 5/14/21. Patient experienced episodes of petechiae (bleeding under his skin) starting two days after the vaccine (and continuing since then). On 5/17/21, was seen by doctor who could not confirm or deny this was due to the injection. https://medalerts.org/vaersdb/findfield.php?IDNUMBER=1351937

• 13-year old male (VAERS ID 1367305): received Pfizer/Biontech injection on 5/21/21. Patient experienced sudden chest pain radiating toward armpit, dizzy, sweaty, rapid pulse rate, nausea. The symptoms resolved after about 10-15 minutes, but repeated on 5/22 and 5/23. https://medalerts.org/vaersdb/findfield.php?IDNUMBER=1367305

• 13-year old female (VAERS ID 1686608): received Pfizer/Biontech injection on 9/8/21. Patient developed pleuritic chest pain 1 day after receiving 2nd COVID vaccination. She is being treated for presumed pericarditis that is mild. https://medalerts.org/vaersdb/findfield.php?IDNUMBER=1686608

• 16-year old female (VAERS ID 1351328): received second Pfizer/Biontech injection on 5/26/21. Within five (5) minutes patient experienced seizure activity and was transported by EMS to hospital. https://medalerts.org/vaersdb/findfield.php?IDNUMBER=1351328

• 18-year old male (VAERS ID 1641711): received Pfizer/Biontech injection on 8/23/21. The next day patient was hospitalized for two days after being diagnosed with myocarditis. https://medalerts.org/vaersdb/findfield.php?IDNUMBER=1641711

• 23-year old female (VAERS ID 1343614): received Janssen & Janssen (J&J) injection on 5/18/21. Patient presented to Emergency Department two (2) days after injection, received palliative care for four (4) days, then died on 05/24/21.


• 25-year old male (VAERS ID 1443042): received second Pfizer/Biontech injection on 6/28/21. Patient presented to Emergency Department two (2) days later with pleuritic chest pain and difficulty breathing where he was diagnosed with myocarditis/pericarditis. https://medalerts.org/vaersdb/findfield.php?IDNUMBER=1443042

If you would like to get together and have a respectable, civil conversation about the current state of affairs and our differing opinions, please let me know. I gladly welcome this and would look forward to it, it is exactly what we need today in order to reach understanding, truth and actual community conversation. Please feel free to be in touch at any point if you would like to connect on the subject. 802-748-1487


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