UPDATE: ‘One reported severe adverse reaction per 5,000 Covid vaccination doses’ in Germany

UPDATE: 'One reported severe adverse reaction per 5,000 Covid vaccination doses' in Germany. Image: Exploring Planet Earth/Shutterstock.com

THE German Ministry of Health has been forced to correct previous information that stated: “one in 5000 people is affected by a severe adverse reaction after a Covid vaccination.”

UPDATE 7.30 pm (July 20) – In a corrected statement by Germany’s Health Ministry, the Paul Ehrlich Institute, Federal Institute for Vaccines and Biomedical Drugs, the rate for a severe adverse reaction after a Covid vaccination is actually 0.2 reports per 1,000 vaccine doses.

According to @PEI_Germany, the reporting rate for serious reactions is 0.2 reports per 1,000 vaccine doses,” the amended Twitter post read.

People reacted to the new statistics which now state there is one reported severe reaction per 5,000 vaccine injections.

One person said: “It’s even worse, it’s 1 DOSE, not one in 5,000 people …”

Another wrote: “Not severe in 1 person in 5000. 1 in 5000 doses was a heavy effect. So: If you have 2 doses, your risk is even higher.”

“It comes down to the same thing! 1 report per 5,000 doses = 0.2 report per 1,000 doses! Makes at least 38,000 severe cases! Dark figure unknown! Incomprehensible!” another wrote.

One person said: “Can you explain then why the benefits in children and young adults should outweigh the ‘costs’?”


ORIGINAL 4.26 pm (July 20) – According to the German Ministry of Health on Wednesday, July 20, “one in 5000 people is affected by a severe adverse reaction after a Covid vaccination.”

The reason for the announcement from Germany’s Health Ministry was due to the formation of a new Covid adverse reaction registry.”

A tweet from the German health department read: “One in 5000 people is affected by a serious side effect after a COVID-19 vaccination. If you suspect side effects, get medical attention and report your symptoms to the Paul Ehrlich Institute, Federal Institute for Vaccines and Biomedical Drugs.”

The website reads: “Would you like to report an adverse reaction related to a COVID-19 vaccine?

“Please fill out the registration form and send it off.”

It added: “You will receive a processing number at the end. This does not serve to establish personal contact, because individual advice should always be provided by the vaccinating doctor.

“The Paul-Ehrlich-Institut needs your report to monitor vaccine safety in order to be able to identify previously unknown risks after vaccination.”

According to Reuters, as of Friday, July 15, at least 183,281,410 doses of COVID vaccines had been administered in Germany so far.

“Assuming every person needs 2 doses, that’s enough to have vaccinated about 110.2 per cent of the country’s population,” the news outlet said.

On June 3, the Paul-Ehrlich-Institute, Federal Institute for Vaccines and Biomedical Drugs, said that “Researchers from the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut ( PEI ) and the Main-Kinzig-Kliniken have examined the antibody response after COVID-19 mRNA (Comirnaty) vaccinations against different SARS -CoV-2 virus variants over time.

“After double vaccination against COVID-19, the antibody levels are low compared to the omicron variant currently dominant in Germany. mRNA boosters significantly increase antibody levels against omicron.”

On Thursday, May 19, a German Supreme Court ruled that compulsory Covid vaccine in the health care sector was ‘constitutionally justified’.

The decision to make the Covid vaccine compulsory for “certain healthcare and nursing institutions and companies” is because the ‘right to physical integrity is less important than the protection of vulnerable persons’.

“With a decision published today, the First Senate of the Federal Constitutional Court rejected a constitutional complaint directed against Section 20a, Section 22a and Section 73 (1a) Nos. 7e to 7h of the Act on the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases in Humans (Infection Protection Act – IfSG).”

“This regulates the obligation related to certain healthcare and nursing institutions and companies to provide evidence of a COVID-19 vaccination, recovery from COVID-19 disease or a medical contraindication for vaccination (so-called “facility and company-related obligation to provide evidence”),” it read at the time.

It added: “The contested provisions do not infringe the complainants’ rights, in particular under Article 2.2 sentence 1 of the Basic Law and Article 12.1 of the Basic Law. Insofar as the regulations interfere with the fundamental rights mentioned, these interferences are constitutionally justified.

“Within the scope of the assessment to which it is entitled, the legislature has found an appropriate balance between the protection of vulnerable people from infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which is pursued with the obligation to provide proof, and the violations of fundamental rights.

“Despite the high intensity of the intervention, the constitutionally protected interests of the complainants working in the health and care sector must ultimately take a back seat.”

Prior to that decision, the German parliament rejected plans to make Covid vaccines mandatory for over-60s on Thursday, April 7.


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