The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System is a self-reported database that the Department of Defense (DOD) has been utilizing to monitor any potential negative side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine, which is mandated for military members. This database serves as an early warning system for potential health risks associated with a vaccine, but it’s not mandatory to submit information, and details about the duration of symptoms may not always be included. Despite these limitations, the DOD has been promoting the vaccine’s safety, but some military members have expressed that their worries regarding possible adverse reactions were disregarded.
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In January 2022, a 101-page document was given to Congress by a whistleblower, which the DCNF obtained. The document outlined various instances of what appeared to be vaccine-related injuries. One Air Force reservist reportedly suffered from eyesight dysfunction due to at least one stroke, which led to the end of their career, following the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Testimony and medical documentation support this claim. Another Air Force fighter pilot instructor was diagnosed with pericarditis and anaphylaxis on December 21, 2021, after receiving one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in October.
In June 2021, a study by the DOD revealed higher than usual occurrences of heart inflammation among previously healthy male servicemembers who had received either of the mRNA vaccines. According to data from the VAERS database, there was only one case of myocarditis reported in relation to Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines administered by the military during the years 2021 and 2022. The CDC conducted a follow-up surveillance study on individuals between the ages of 12 and 29 who had reported cases of pericarditis in their VAERS reports between August 24, 2021, and January 12, 2022. Of the 393 patients who received a healthcare provider’s evaluation confirming their VAERS report, 32% had not received approval for all forms of physical activity at least 90 days following the incident.
Before the Pfizer vaccine became mandatory for troops, the DOD offered thousands of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. However, many servicemembers refused to take the vaccine, citing medical and religious reasons, despite orders from their superiors. The various service branches approved only a limited number of religious exemptions, and some military members are currently pursuing legal action, alleging that the services violated their religious liberties by denying their accommodation requests en masse.
Several congressional representatives have raised concerns about the politicization of the pandemic and the Biden administration’s management of the vaccine mandate. Republican Representative Jim Banks from Indiana has stated that the DOD “harassed” military personnel who refused to receive the vaccine, while Republican Representative Rich McCormick from Georgia has suggested that fewer service members may have declined to be vaccinated if the administration had taken a different approach to the COVID-19 crisis.
The DOD has rescinded its vaccine mandate as of January 10th and is currently monitoring VAERS reports submitted by servicemembers. The CDC maintains that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and serious reactions following vaccination are infrequent; nevertheless, young males are at a greater risk of developing pericarditis and myocarditis, usually within a week of getting a second dose of an mRNA-based vaccine. Although patients who develop myocarditis or pericarditis can typically be treated with medication and return to normal activities, the illness can recur months or even years later. According to DOD instruction, individuals with a history of chronic or recurrent myocarditis or pericarditis may be disqualified from military service.
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