New Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) Website

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced VAERS 2.0 (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System 2.0), the national adverse event reporting system for monitoring the safety of U.S.-licensed vaccines. VAERS 2.0 includes a new reporting form and a new website that allows users to:

  • Easily submit a VAERS report electronically
  • Access VAERS data
  • Learn more about how CDC and FDA monitor the safety of vaccines

Additionally, there are now two ways to report an adverse event following vaccination to VAERS:

  1. Use the online reporting tool
  2. Complete a writable VAERS PDF form and upload it onto the new VAERS website

By the end of 2017, CDC and FDA will phase out the old VAERS-1 paper form and fully transition to the new VAERS 2.0 electronic submission process. Accommodations will be made for persons unable to submit reports electronically. View this instructional video for more information on how to use VAERS 2.0.

About Kim Rodgers

Kim Rodgers serves as a Communications Specialist at NACCHO. Her work includes promoting local health departments' best practices, as well as partner tools and resources, in infectious disease and preparedness through NACCHO's communications channels, storytelling, and outreach to various audiences.

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