By Guy Page
None of the eight Vermonters listed on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website as having died as a result of Covid-19 vaccination did in fact die for that reason, Dept. of Health Commissioner Mark Levine said at a press conference today.
At Tuesday’s press conference, reporter Mike Donoghue asked Levine why the eight vaccine-related deaths shown on the CDC Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting Site (VAERS) weren’t listed on the state’s Covid-19 dashboard. Levine promised to look into it and report back.
Today, Levine said that with the help of the Vermont Chief Medical Examiner (CME), “we confirmed that the fact that these individuals were vaccinated was not a factor in their deaths.” However, Levine declined to offer further details about the CME investigation.
Levine noted that on the CDC VAERS site, “Anything reported is only a report – it can be reported by anyone,” he said. The fact that the names are listed on the site “does not necessarily mean the vaccine caused it,” he said. As noted in Vermont Daily on Thursday, the VAERS site does have a disclaimer saying that the deaths are only reported, not confirmed, deaths by vaccine.
True North reporter Mike Bielawski asked Levine if he would provide more information about the eight cases – for example, how much time passed between death and vaccination.
“If they become vaccine-associated deaths, we’ll convey that to the public,” Levine answered. “We have no reason to believe these deaths are associated with the vaccine.”