Saturday, April 6, 2024

GOP Voters Likelier Than Dems to Report Side Effects from COVID Vaccines; People in Red States Report More COVID Vaccine Side Effects: Study, and other C-Virus related stories

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Full disclosure: GOP voters likelier than Dems to report side effects from COVID vaccines:
Republican voters are more likely than Democrats to report side effects after receiving COVID-19 vaccinations, a study has found.
Public health researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis published the findings Friday in JAMA Network Open. They compared state-level percentages of Republican votes in the 2020 presidential election to 620,456 reports of side effects after COVID-19 jabs, recorded in the Department of Health and Human Services’ Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System from 2020 to 2022.
The study found that a 10% increase in a state’s Republican voting numbers was associated with a 5% increase in the odds of a patient or doctor reporting vaccine side effects, a 25% increase in the odds of reporting a severe symptom and a 21% increase in the odds that anything reported would be severe.
According to the researchers, the study is the first to examine the link between voting patterns and reported side effects. They pointed to earlier data showing that counties that voted for former President Donald Trump in 2020 had lower COVID-19 vaccination rates and higher COVID-19 mortality rates.
“These results suggest that either the perception of vaccine [side effects] or the motivation to report them was associated with political inclination,” the researchers wrote.
For comparison, the study also analyzed 12,620 reports of adverse effects after flu vaccines recorded in the VAERS database between 2019 and 2022. It found that voting Republican in the 2020 presidential race made no difference to the odds of reporting side effects from a flu shot.
Reached for comment, some medical experts not connected with the study said it confirmed the influence of dueling political narratives about vaccination during the pandemic. --->READ MORE HERE
Sholten Singer, The Herald-Dispatch via AP, File
People in red states report more COVID vaccine side effects: Study:
A new study found that states with a higher percentage of Republican voters are seeing more reports of adverse side effects from COVID-19 vaccines.
The study published in the JAMA medical journal looked at 620,456 vaccine adverse events reported to the federal Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) from adults 18 and older.
Researchers separately looked for three outcomes: rates of adverse events among vaccine recipients, rates of any severe adverse effects among this group and the proportion of adverse events reported as severe.
They found that a 10 percent increase in state-level Republican voting was linked to increased odds of adverse event reports. This relationship between political inclination and reports of adverse events was comparatively not seen when it came to flu vaccines.
Some limitations were noted however. Vaccine recipients could file more than one report so each report was not necessarily from a unique individual. One strength of the analysis that was noted was how the results remained the same across different statistical modeling. --->READ MORE HERE
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