How many people have died from the vaccine in the U.S.?

Over 167 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the U.S. through April 5, 2021. There are no cases where a COVID-19 vaccine caused a person to die. There are some reports of people who died in the days or weeks after receiving a vaccine, but doctors and safety monitors have closely reviewed the cases and confirmed that the vaccine is unrelated to the cause of death.

How do we know for sure?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires vaccination providers to report any death after COVID-19 vaccination to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). When these reports are received, doctors from CDC and the FDA review death certificates, autopsies, and medical records to understand what happened with each person.

Between December 2020 and April 5th, 2021, VAERS received 2,794 reports of death (0.00167%) among people who got a vaccine. After careful review, doctors have decided that there is no evidence at all that these vaccines contributed to the patient deaths. Nonetheless, the CDC and FDA will continue to investigate every single report of death (and other adverse events) reported to VAERS.

Last update: April 8, 2021, 8:22 pm

Science review: JAB