The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration are hoping that a new form for their jointly administered Vaccines Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) will improve reporting efficiency and data quality.

The proposed VAERS 2.0 form, intended to replace the current VAERS-1 form used since 1990, offers “standardized responses, clearer instructions and guidance, and improved online reporting,” according to a Nov. 24 Federal Register notice. Questions also have been updated and reorganized to decrease reporting burdens.

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