COVID-19 vaccine adverse events: Separating the signal from the noise

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In the U.S., more than 125 million people have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. While most vaccine recipients tend to have relatively minor and fleeting adverse events from the shots, many people continue to worry about side effects.

According to a recent survey from the physician social network Sermo found that 72% of physicians reported that their patients continue to be concerned about vaccine side effects. Almost 30% of physicians surveyed have encountered patients who have skipped their second dose over adverse event concerns.

Scientific rigor and solid epidemiology are needed to improve our understanding of vaccine safety, according to Dr. Jan Bonhoeffer, a Switzerland-based expert on infectious diseases and vaccine safety who is the founder of the non-profit foundation Heart Based Medicine.

“We need to formulate the right questions to provide th…

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