This misleading title feeds the anti-vaxxer movement, and contributes to vaccine hesitancy among the public. A more accurate title would be «No clear link between nursing home deaths and COVID-19 vaccination.»
The review states: «There are around 35,000 nursing home patients in Norway and about 45 deaths among these patients per day.»
The review did not report actual death rates after vaccination. That is a fundamental defect in the review. Unless there was a documented increase in deaths, attributing any of them to the vaccine is unwarranted speculation.
Five additional quotations from the review:
«It must be emphasised (sic) that these estimates are very uncertain…»
«Many of the reports did not contain sufficient clinical information to form an impression of the patient’s clinical course and a possible causal link between vaccination and death. Almost half of the reporting parties did not submit additional information. In particular, there was a lack of information about which phase of life the patients were in, and whether their health and general condition were already rapidly or slowly deteriorating before vaccination.»
«It is therefore practically impossible to determine with any certainty how much of a role the vaccine played in the deaths.»
«Our findings cannot…be used to estimate the incidence of vaccine-related deaths.»
«Such an assessment requires nuanced and detailed clinical information, which in many cases was not available. The estimates are therefore uncertain.»
To publish «likely» conclusions after so many caveats was inappropriate.