Peer-Reviewed Study Finds Deaths Caused by the COVID-19 ‘Vaccines’ in the First Year After Their Rollout Could Be as High as 278,000 in the U.S. Alone


A new study published in the peer-reviewed journal BMC Infectious Diseases estimates that the total number of fatalities in the U.S. from the COVID-19 “vaccines” in the first year of their rollout alone was approximately 278,000. The study surveyed 2,840 respondents in the U.S., 22% of whom said they knew somebody who experienced “a severe health problem” following their COVID-19 injection. This study helps to bolster other related survey data, including a recent Rasmussen poll, which found that 28% of American adults personally know somebody whose death they think may have been caused by the experimental jabs.

A new study published in BMC Infectious Diseases describes a survey of 2,840 Americans, which sought insight into the factors associated with U.S. citizens choosing to be “vaccinated” or not against COVID-19. The online survey, which was conducted between December 18-23 of 2021, found that 22% of respondents (612 out of the 2,840) indicated that they knew at least one person who had experienced “a severe health problem” following their COVID-19 vaccination. Author of the survey Mark Skidmore ultimately concludes “With these survey data, the total number of fatalities due to COVID-19 inoculation may be as high as 278,000… when fatalities that may have occurred regardless of inoculation are removed.”

Image: Mark Skidmore / BMC Infectious Diseases

Skidmore, a professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University and sole author of the paper, notes his survey respondents were obtained by Dynata—the world’s largest platform for collecting data directly from individuals—and are representative of the general population in the U.S.

The survey—which was funded by American investment banker and former public official Catherine Austin Fitts—was composed of five sets of questions, including questions about respondents’ experiences with COVID-19; questions about respondents’ experiences with COVID-19 “vaccination”; questions about experiences with COVID-19 in respondents’ social circles; questions about experiences with the COVID-19 “vaccines” in respondents’ social circles; and questions regarding socioeconomic information, political affiliation, etc.

Based on the survey responses—which were collected early on in the COVID injection rollout—Skidmore says that 23% of respondents reported that they had had COVID-19, of which 28% experienced “lingering health issues.” (Most respondents described ongoing breathing/respiratory issues or issues with smell and taste, although 8.6% had “more severe” health problems.) Fifty-one percent of respondents said they’d been “vaccinated” against COVID, with 13% of those people indicating that “a severe adverse event [related to their injection] had occurred.”

Image: Mark Skidmore / BMC Infectious Diseases

Skidmore also found statistically significant differences across different socioeconomic groups, with “vaccinated” people having a higher annual income than “unvaccinated” people—$70,919 versus $48,903. “Unvaccinated” people were also almost twice as likely to have known someone who’d experienced an adverse event from the COVID “vaccine.”

The Michigan State University professor found numerous other patterns amongst those who decided to take the COVID injection or not, including ones that are more or less commonly understood by now. African Americans, Hispanics, and Asians, for example, were less likely to have been “vaccinated” versus the White population. Self-identified Republicans were also less likely than self-identified Democrats to have been “vaccinated.” In the same vein of obviousness, those who reported “reliance on mainstream news and official government sources” were more likely to be “vaccinated” than those who reported relying on “alternative news sources.”

Interestingly, African Americans were more likely to know somebody who’d “experienced a health problem post-vaccination,” as well as those with doctoral or professional degrees.

Image: Mark Skidmore / BMC Infectious Diseases

“An unexpected result of the survey is that many participants who decided not to be vaccinated reported that an event among friends or family members, which they recognized as [an] adverse vaccination event, was a reason for their hesitance to be vaccinated,” Skidmore writes. He adds that “If COVID-19 vaccine adverse events are rare, then they would not be captured in the survey and would not influence inoculation decisions.”

Not only did 22% of respondents indicate they knew at least one person who experienced a severe health problem after COVID-19 vaccination, but “57 people indicated that among the people they knew who had experienced a vaccine adverse event, the person they knew best had died.” Respondents also reported a variety of problems due to the COVID injections, including “heart attacks and other heart related problems,” as well as “blood clots and strokes, and neurological problems.” Skidmore notes many of the descriptions used by respondents such as “heart attack,” “stroke,” or “blood clot” are consistent with FDA and Pfizer documentation about the potential risks of the COVID “vaccines.”

To estimate the total number of deaths associated with the COVID injections in the U.S., Skidmore found the ratio of COVID-19 fatalities reported by the CDC compared to “vaccine”-related fatalities from VAERS. He then found the same ratio of reported COVID-19 fatalities versus “vaccine”-related fatalities based on the survey data. While there were discrepancies in the ratios, with the survey showing .345 COVID “vaccine”-related deaths per COVID-19 death and the CDC ratio showing .0096 COVID “vaccine”-related deaths per COVID-19 death, Skidmore used state-by-state VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System) data to confirm the accuracy of his survey’s ratio.

“Assuming the experiences captured in the survey represent the true ratio, the survey ratio is used to estimate nationwide COVID-19 vaccine fatalities,” Skidmore writes. From the study’s results:

Estimated fatalities [from the COVID injections] are 289,789 (95% CI 229,319–344,319). Estimated nationwide deaths combined with other survey data on adverse events are also used to estimate total adverse events. ‘Severe’ adverse events are estimated to be about one million nationwide, and ‘less severe’ adverse events are about 2.1 million. Estimated nationwide fatalities, ‘severe’ injuries and ‘less severe’ injuries tally to 3.4 million.

Arriving at the headline 278,000 COVID “vaccine”-related fatality figure finally came from Skidmore subtracting fatalities that might have occurred from heart attacks, strokes, and blood clots amongst the respondents regardless of their vaccination status.

Skidmore’s findings are roughly in line with other estimates of deaths due to the COVID-19 “vaccines” in the U.S., including those of Vaccine Safety Research Foundation founder and tech entrepreneur Steve Kirsch. Kirsch wrote in a Substack post covering the study that “Mark’s survey was entirely consistent with [his] surveys.” Computer scientist and mathematician Igor Chudov—who’s done extensive research into the drop in birth rates associated with the rollout of the COVID injections—also wrote in a Substack post that he believes Skidmore’s COVID “vaccine” death figure is somewhere in the “true vicinity.”

In early January of this year, a Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey found that 49% of American adults “believe it is likely that side effects of COVID-19 vaccines have caused a significant number of unexplained deaths, including 28% who think it’s Very Likely.” Rasmussen’s poll also found that 28% of adults say “they personally know someone whose death they think may have been caused by side effects of COVID-19 vaccines… .”

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