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Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise. Former National Post & Toronto Star columnist, past vice president of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.

What We Know About UK Vaccine Reactions

460 people have died after receiving COVID-19 vaccines.

17 million people have received their first COVID vaccine dose in the United Kingdom. 600,000 have received their second dose. Last week, a government body released a report based on 73,000 ‘Yellow Cards’ submitted by medical professionals, as well as by members of the public, prior to February 22, 2020. Since multiple side effects may be described by an individual providing a single account, the total tally of post-vaccine symptoms is close to 250,000.

460 people have died after receiving COVID-19 vaccinations, but given that deaths are a normal daily occurrence, we’re told there’s currently no reason to regard these vaccines as anything other than “acceptably safe.” It would be easier to have confidence in that judgment if more data were available. The only included tables in this report about adverse reactions describe a side issue – how many vaccines have been administered in various geographical locales.

A table such as this would have been infinitely more useful, but I had to pull the data from various places and compile it myself:

vaccine brand
estimated doses administered adverse reports submitted
total symptoms described
deaths reported severe allergic reactions reported
Pfizer-BioNTech 9.4 million 29,715 85,014 212 190
Oxford AstraZeneca 8.4 million 42,917 157,637 244 150
brand unknown



total 17.8 72,860 243,447 460 340

We’re advised the “majority” of individuals who died after receiving these vaccines were “elderly people or people with underlying illness.” But we’re given no numbers or percentages. We’re told “most” adverse reactions are linked to the injection site, or are generalized flu-like symptoms. (Curiously, this report lists rapid heartbeat as a flu-like symptom.) We’re told such symptoms “Generally…happen shortly after the vaccination and are not associated with more serious or lasting illness.” That may be true, but no evidence is supplied.

We’re advised that 190 people have suffered a severe allergic reaction to the Pfizer vaccine, and that 150 have a suffered severe allergic reaction to the AstraZeneca vaccine, for a total of 340 people. The report describes these incidents as “very rare.” It says “those with a previous history of allergic reactions to the ingredients of the vaccine should not receive it,” but doesn’t enumerate what those ingredients are. It tells us Bell’s Palsy (facial paralysis) cases associated with these vaccines are “similar to the expected natural rate,” but neglects to mention what that rate is.

The report ends by directing us to three additional documents which, we’re advised, contain “a complete listing of all suspected adverse reactions.” One addresses the Pfizer vaccine. One addresses AstraZeneca vaccine. The third addresses instances in which the brand of vaccine wasn’t specified. Together, these documents total 140 pages. But they still fail to indicate the age or gender of those who died.

Here’s what they do say:

  • 8% of post-vaccines deaths (36 out of 460) are attributed to COVID-19 or “COVID-19 pneumonia”
  • 5% (22 deaths) are attributed to respiratory issues
  • 15% are attributed to “cardiac disorders” (56 deaths) and strokes (11 deaths)

It’s worth observing that, according to these documents, the cause of most (56%) of these 460 deaths remains a mystery. The demise of 257 individuals is described merely as death, sudden death, and clinical death.

Here are some additional takeaways:

  • 20 women experienced a miscarriage after being vaccinated
  • thousands of people experienced nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
  • thousands felt tired and weak
  • thousands experienced muscle and/or joint pain
  • thousands experienced excessive sweating, rashes, hives, or itchy skin
  • tens of thousands experienced fever and/or chills
  • tens of thousands experienced a headache

No one should be given any kind of vaccine prior to providing their informed consent. Informed consent means we need to talk about the risks, as well as the expected benefits, in a candid manner.


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  • The text of the report is online here. The 17-page PDF version is here, but the hyperlinks within the PDF don’t work.
  • The report appears to contain a typo. On page 10, it says 288 reports were received concerning adverse reactions in which the brand of vaccine wasn’t specified. But page 23 of the supplementary material cited suggests the correct number is 228. My table, above, uses this latter figure.








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