KU doctors urged the public to recognize the proven safety of COVID-19 vaccines
Par ALEX SMITH
Kansas Press Service
Kansas officials confirmed Thursday that a 68-year-old Atchison County woman suffered from anaphylaxis and died after receiving a COVID-19 vaccination, but said no link between the shot and his death had not been determined.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Thursday it would investigate the case.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 126 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered in the United States from mid-December to March 22. The agency has received 2,216 reports of deaths following the administration of doses, but its analyzes have found no evidence. that vaccines caused these deaths.
Doctors at the University of Kansas, who did not treat the patient, said Thursday more information would be needed to understand what had happened. But they cautioned against people basing their vaccine opinion on a single incident or media coverage of it.
“What you don’t want to do is, at this time when we have such a big division in this country and such a big fight between the red states and the blue states – don’t take this event and don’t take it. so much so that you are telling that no one should be vaccinated because the point is everyone should be vaccinated, ”said Steven Stites, medical director of the University of Kansas.
On Wednesday evening, on its Facebook page, NBC affiliate KSNT in Topeka cited the obituary of Jeanie Evans, 68, of Effingham, Kansas, who categorically stated that the cause of death was “a reaction to the Covid vaccine ”. The obituary reported that Evans died at Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka.
The story was later picked up by other TV stations including KCTV Channel 5 and KMBC Channel 9 in Kansas City. By the end of Thursday morning, it had been shared over 1,000 times on Facebook. While many of those who shared it posted skeptical comments about the safety of the vaccines, others criticized media reports or attacked other commentators.
As of noon, the New York Post and Fox5 New York had also published articles about Evans’ death.
KDHE confirmed to KCUR on Thursday that a 68-year-old woman from Atchison County had died, but said a cause of death had not yet been determined by a medical expert.
“Until the investigation is complete, it is premature to assign a specific cause of death,” said Kristi Zears, spokeswoman for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, in an e- mail.
The death will be investigated according to standard protocol, Zears added.
A spokesperson for Stormont Vail confirmed that Evans, who had been vaccinated elsewhere, died after being taken to hospital.
“The individual was transported to our hospital after receiving the vaccine in the area. A cause of death has not yet been determined. Our thoughts and condolences are with the family, ”spokesman Matt Lara said in an email.
KCUR was unable to join Evans’ family on Thursday.
Stites, from KU, said that while an extreme reaction to a vaccine dose is possible, death can occur after a vaccine is given due to many independent causes, such as a heart attack or a stroke. stroke.
Stites urged the public to honor the loss of the Evans family while acknowledging the overwhelming evidence for vaccine safety.
“The rest of us need to understand that this pain in this isolated case is not being measured,” Stites said. “We cannot measure it for this family. We cannot find comfort for this family. But we know that around the world and across all of humanity there is no doubt that vaccines save millions and millions and millions and millions of lives out of the number of people who die.