According to documents released by Pfizer under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the company planned to hire more than 1800 employees in response to “adverse events” following the release of the company’s COVID-19 vaccine.
Dr. Aaron Kheriaty was behind the effort to obtain documents from the pharmaceutical giant. He is part of the leadership of The Unity Project, a non-profit organization that opposes vaccine mandates on minor children.
Kheriaty shared the document last week in a post on Twitter.
Finally got the unredacted version of this FoIA’d document. Three months after the release of the vaccine Pfizer had to hire 600 additional full-time employees, with a plan to hire 1800 total, just to process the flood of adverse events reported. pic.twitter.com/5emJ0s9djl
— Aaron Kheriaty, MD (@akheriaty) April 4, 2022
The document presents a “cumulative analysis of post-authorization adverse event reports” of Pfizer’s vaccine received through Feb. 28, 2021. The FDA approved it on April 30, 2021.
The document had not previously been made public until the Public Health and Medical Professionals for Transparency (PHMPT) sued the FDA after claiming the agency needed decades to produce documents related to the emergency use authorization for the vaccine.
According to an agreement, which a federal judge approved in February, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was required to produce 10,000 pages by March 1 and another 10,000 pages by April 1. The document releases are in response to the FOIA request and subsequent lawsuit by the PHMPT.
The report was previously shared with PHMPT, but certain portions were redacted (pdf), including the number of employees Pfizer added to deal with the reported jump in adverse events.
According to the unredacted report, Pfizer had “taken multiple actions to help alleviate the large increase of adverse event reports.” It goes on to state the actions also included “significant technology enhancements, and process and workflow solutions, as well as increasing the number of data entry and case processing colleagues.”
As of February 2021, Pfizer had added 600 employees and was on track to add as many as 1,800. The purpose of the additional staff was to log, respond to and research the adverse events related to the COVID-19 vaccination produced by the company.
The number of adverse event reports tied to the COVID-19 vaccine on the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), jointly run by the FDA and the CDC, has spiked since the vaccines were first cleared.
Adverse events linked to the vaccines include heart inflammation, blood clotting, and severe allergic shock.