Did the CDC alter death certificates to remove the COVID-19 vaccine as a cause of death?!
Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : CDC Altered Death Certificates To Remove Vaccine Deaths!
People are sharing a Brownstone Institute article, which claims to show that the CDC altered death certificates in Minnesota to remove the COVID-19 vaccine as a cause of death!
Here is an excerpt from the very long article. Feel free to skip to the next part for the facts!
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Truth : CDC Did Not Alter Death Certificates To Remove Vaccine Deaths!
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created by anti-vaccination activists, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : NCHS Is Responsible For ICD
The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD) is a system that was developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with other health organisations. The current version – ICD-10, has been in use since January 1, 1999.
In the United States, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) is the federal agency responsible for the proper use of ICD, and responsible for developing a Clinical Modification (ICD-CM) – to track morbidity and include new causes of morbidity like COVID-19.
Fact #2 : Doctors / Coroners Do Not Assign ICD Codes
The ICD-10 codes on death certificates are not assigned by the doctor attending to the death, or the coroner who performed the autopsy. In most states, that the job is performed by a state agency – usually its department of health.
In this 2009 article, Chris Dimick explains how ICD coding is done for death certificates in the United States (with my emphasis in bold):
Fact #3 : NCHS Performs ICD Coding For Some States
Not all states do their own ICD coding. For those states, it is the NCHS that does the coding for their death certificates.
It is possible that Minnesota may be one of those states that rely on the NCHS to do their ICD coding, but I cannot yet confirm this.
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Fact #4 : ICD Codes Are Mostly Assigned By Software
Regardless of whether a state health agency or the NCHS handles the ICD coding of death certificates, the vast majority of these ICD codes are assigned automatically by software. Only complicated cases are manually coded.
However, it is not possible to know from the death certificate itself whether the ICD code was automatically assigned by software, or manually assigned by a human mortality coder.
Unless those who claim malicious alteration of the ICD code in any death certificate can offer actual evidence to back up that claim, he/she is likely lying to you.
Fact #5 : No Evidence Of Altered Death Certificates
There is no evidence that anyone actually altered those Minnesota death certificates. Neither the CDC / NCHS, nor the state health agencies.
Assigning an ICD-10 code that differs from the cause of death is not an alteration, which implies there was a different ICD-10 code earlier, and someone else changed it.
There is no evidence of any death certificates being altered, and the Brownstone Institute offered no evidence of that either.
And regardless what ICD-10 codes are assigned, mortality coders cannot change the causes of death listed on those death certificates.
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Fact #6 : They Were Senior Citizens Who Died From Other Causes
The Brownstone Institute identified 7 death certificates from Minnesota which they claim list “covid vaccine as a cause of death“, but the CDC “omitted the corresponding ICD 10 code“.
But their death certificates listed other causes of death under Part 1 (Immediate Cause and Underlying Cause). None of them actually mentioned COVID-19 vaccine as an “Immediate Cause” or “Underlying Cause” of death.
The Brownstone Institute appeared to highlight them because COVID-19 vaccination was mentioned in Part II.
However, health issues mentioned in Part II refer to “other significant conditions contributing to death but not resulting in the underlying cause given in Part I“.
In other words – anything mentioned in Part II of the death certificate are NOT the direct cause of death.
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Fact #7 : ICD Code May Not Match Official Cause Of Death
It is also important to point out that mortality coders have to follow a specific and complicated set of rules to assign the correct ICD-10 code for each deceased person.
The correct ICD-10 code may not necessarily be the same as the underlying cause of death identified by the coroner or doctor.
Again – it is important to point out that regardless of what ICD codes are used, the causes of death on each death certificate do NOT change.
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