The AstraZeneca, Pfizer and now the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines have all been granted provisional approval by the TGA for use in Australia. Each week since the vaccine rollout began the TGA releases a report containing the data on how many adverse events were recorded as well as how many doses have been administered. Plus a breakdown of reports by vaccine brand (Currently just AZ & Pfizer).

The TGA relies on voluntary submissions of adverse events to these vaccines. That is to say that it is only passively gathering data. This means the accuracy of its published data is only accurate in the sense it’s providing data to the public that was submitted to them.

But what about adverse events that are not voluntarily uploaded to the TGA?

There is another lesser known government funded group gathering data on vaccine adverse events.

Led by the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) and funded by the Australian Government Department of Health, AusVaxSafety is a world-leading national vaccine safety system.

AusVax Safety send out SMS messages to those injected on the 3rd day after they’ve been jabbed and ask recipients to report any adverse events to their system.

However even though the 3 day window of adverse events being reported to AusVax Safety is better than the TGA’s passive style, AusVax Safety shows adverse events at an incredible rate of more than a 100 times higher than the TGA (45.7% v. 0.35%)!

But what happens if someone suffered an adverse event more than 3 days later? Anecdotal evidence gathered via social media shows that this is indeed happening. People have been sharing their stories on all social media platforms in the hope that their story is heard. Many saying that illnesses never-before-seen in the recipients are occurring well after 4 days post injection. Months in some cases.

The truth of the matter is that our Federal and State health ministers and chief health officers have no idea what the true rate of short term adverse events are. Let alone any long term adverse events due to the vaccines being allowed to be rushed to market.

The governments methodology of data collection is sloppy and not fit for purpose. We as a nation are essentially flying blind when it comes to the safety and efficacy of the available COVID-19 vaccines.