1. Anybody *can* report to VAERS, but not just anybody does. The sweeping majority of reaction reports come from providers and drug manufacturers.
2. The implication of this argument is appallingly condescending and even accusatory. Imagine getting the HPV vaccine for your daughter and witnessing her faint afterward. If a doctor reports it, it's legit. If you report it, clearly you're making this shit up.
3. VAERS *needs* to be a system to which anybody can report. Think of it this way. If you're a mandated reporter for child abuse, you are legally required to report any SUSPICIONS. It is not your job to determine causality or investigate if it actually happened. That is for the authorities to do.
But with vaccine reactions, we don't have that kind of mechanism in place. Providers, not independent investigators, declare themselves the authority. They are at liberty to say--without ANY scientific investigation-- "I'm not reporting that. It was just a coincidence." Until mandated reporting applies to vaccine reactions, even seemingly coincidental ones, the democritization of VAERS is essential.
On a similar note, I'm really tired of the line, "Just because the government awarded compensation, it doesn't mean the vaccine caused a reaction."
Right. Because the person saying this obviously has some special, secret insider knowledge of each and every compensation case that not even the Vaccine Court's Special Masters have. And because despite the VICP's evidence-based list of vaccine reactions warranting compensation, and their embedded and competing interest in defending a government vaccine program, they, too, are making shit up. It's all a government conspiracy, I tell you.