COVID vaccines do not prevent hospitalization or death

Government officials are saying that COVID vaccines DO prevent hospitalization and death. This is false. The Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services was recently forced to remove the the same misinformation from their social media pages, in response to a legal firm’s demand letter sent to the Director and to the Chief Deputy of Health of MDHHS.  After being notified that failure to remove the inaccurate graphic and its false messaging would result in a lawsuit, MDHHS responded and removed any reference to “approved” vaccines and to the completely false claim that the vaccines are 100% effective in reducing hospitalizations and death. 

The FDA’s review memorandum on each of the vaccines lists “effectiveness against mortality” as one of the “Unknown Benefits/Data Gaps.”  The FDA makes clear: “A larger number of individuals at high risk of COVID-19 and higher attack rates would be needed to confirm efficacy of the vaccine against mortality.”  Additionally, the FDA’s Review Memorandum for Moderna’s vaccine states: “There were no deaths due to COVID-19 at the time of the interim analysis to enable an assessment of vaccine efficacy against death due to COVID-19.”  

It is also false to claim that these vaccines have been proven to prevent 100% of hospitalizations.  In the Moderna trial, one participant in the mRNA-1273 group, a participant >65 years of age who had risk factors for severe COVID-19, was hospitalized due to oxygen saturation of 88% on room air 2 months after receiving the second dose of vaccine.”  In the Janssen trial, in a post hoc analysis of all COVID-19 related hospitalizations starting 14 days after vaccination, including non-centrally confirmed cases, there were 2 cases in the vaccine group.  Likewise, the Pfizer trial reported two serious cases of suspected but unconfirmed COVID-19, both in the vaccine group, where both vaccine recipients were hospitalized. 

On August 19, 2021, Becker’s Hospital Review reported “Nearly 60% of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Israel fully vaccinated, data shows”.

“Of 514 patients in Israel hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Aug. 15, 59 percent were fully vaccinated, according to an Aug. 16 article from Science that cited national data tracked by Israel’s largest health management organization. The figures suggest breakthrough infections may be more common than the term implies, the report suggests.”

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