Correct misinformation on COVID-19 vaccines; and a reminder to participate in our COVID-19 impact investigation – DHW Voice

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Are there any deaths in Idaho caused by the COVID-19 vaccine?

This is a question that we are receiving a lot. Through social media and other communication channels, misinformation linking the COVID-19 vaccine to deaths in Idaho is being shared. This is simply not true.

In Idaho, no death certificate identified the COVID-19 vaccine as the underlying cause of death in 2020 and 2021. The “underlying cause of death” indicates the actual event or disease that caused the death.

We have had six deaths in people aged 69 to 86, for whom death certificates mentioned the COVID-19 vaccine. All of these death certificates have identified other underlying causes of death such as cancer and heart disease. Two listed the vaccine as a potential complication. The others just noticed that the person had received a COVID-19 vaccine.

So, what about vaccination-related deaths reported to the Federal Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)?

As you probably know, VAERS is an open system where anyone can report information. The information listed is not confirmed on that site – it is a repository to gather information that is analyzed for serious events and trends that will be followed up as needed.

Serious events in VAERS are being studied, such as deaths reportedly occurring after the COVID-19 vaccine. The results of those investigations in Idaho found other causes that explain the death, including cancer and heart disease. Which brings me back to the point above: the COVID-19 vaccine has not been identified as the underlying cause of death on any Idaho death certificate.

DHW recently created a blog on VAERS and you can read it at: https://dhwblog.com/2021/10/05/covid-19-qa-vaccine-information-on-vaers-cancer-and-efficacy/

The CDC guide on VAERS can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/vaers.html).

Investigation of the impact of COVID-19 on behavioral health

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the economies, businesses, schools, health services and life of Idahoans across the state. The Division of Behavioral Health at DHW is conducting an anonymous statewide survey to better understand how the attitudes, needs and behaviors of Idaho residents have continued to evolve in relation to the pandemic.

As the pandemic has impacted our lives in so many ways, we are trying to understand more about how it has affected you and how we can respond to your needs more effectively.

The survey is open to all Idahoans through October. 31, 2021 and can be found on: https://app.keysurvey.com/f/41586564/24e3/

After the results are compiled, they will be posted on Behavioral Health Division webpage, coronavirus.idaho.gov, And https://ioem.idaho.gov/covidhelpnow/.

The DBH COVID-19 website provides substantial resources, information and updates in real time, including information on our status COVID Help Now Hotline it’s ours COVID Counseling Assistance for Frontline Workers.

I hope you all have a safe and healthy weekend. Please choose to get vaccinated if you have not already done so.

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