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Balance in statistics for death by COVID -19 vaccine

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A long standing member of a religious community in Western Australia

Dear Department of Health,

The statistics for death by COVID -19 vaccine death mention "AEFI can be coincidentally associated with the timing of immunisation without necessarily being caused by the vaccine or the immunisation process".

Has this same premise been applied to COVID - 19 deaths, looking at age and underlying health issues and other causes to see what is the likley cause of death, to ensure the public is being provide with transparent data on all counts?

If not, which governmental group has acted, or been silent on action in regards to the above decision, and for what reason?

Yours faithfully,

A long standing member of a religious community in Western Australia

FOI, Department of Health

Dear Long Standing Member of the Religious Community in Western Australia

The Department of Health has received your email dated 11 December 2021 in which you have requested access to documents under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 1982.

You have requested:
The statistics for death by COVID -19 vaccine death mention "AEFI can be coincidentally associated with the timing of immunisation without necessarily being caused by the vaccine or the immunisation process".

Has this same premise been applied to COVID - 19 deaths, looking at age and underlying health issues and other causes to see what is the likley cause of death, to ensure the public is being provide with transparent data on all counts?

If not, which governmental group has acted, or been silent on action in regards to the above decision, and for what reason?

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