A survey involving nearly 40,000 Germans at one of the biggest hospitals in Europe has found a high rate of severe side effects from COVID-19 vaccines that are lasting months or even longer.
Among the findings of the study was a rate of 8 serious side effects per 1,000 vaccinated people, which is 40 times the 0.2 estimated by German vaccine watchdog the Paul Ehrlich Institute.
The lead researcher of the study, Dr. Harald Matthes, estimates that around half a million Germans have experienced serious side effects after getting the jabs based on these stats. While 80 percent of those with severe reactions have recovered within three to six months, 20 percent continue to experience symptoms.
In other words, 100,000 Germans are currently dealing with long-term serious side effects from COVID-19 vaccines. This finding prompted Matthes to call on the government to take those claiming they have been injured by vaccines more seriously and offer them dedicated outpatient care.
According to the researcher, most Germans have not been able to get much help in the country’s current medical climate, where discussing vaccine injury is strongly discouraged and doctors are largely unaware of how to help those who are suffering from these effects. He believes that allowing doctors to talk about vaccine injuries openly will help them develop better treatments without having to worry about being ostracized as “anti-vaxxers.”
A good starting point, Matthes believes, is exploring the strong similarity between many of the symptoms of vaccine injury and what many refer to as long COVID as he thinks that the treatments that are currently being used for long COVID could help address vaccine injuries.
In fact, Germany has already set up outpatient clinics that are devoted to helping people with symptoms of long COVID. Although the vaccine injured could theoretically seek help from these clinics, there are simply too many of them for it to be feasible. At the University Hospital in Marburg’s special outpatient clinic, researchers were hoping to study long COVID among patients. Instead, they have had their plates full caring for patients who are experiencing severe side effects from their vaccines. Matthes says they are getting hundreds of emails every day at the clinic and have a waiting list of around 800 patients.