EFFINGHAM, Kan. (KWCH) – An investigation is underway to find out whether a woman in Atchison County has died from the COVID-19 vaccine.
According to an obituary at Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home, Jeanie M. Evans, 68, of Effingham “died unexpectedly on Wednesday March 24, 2021 at Stormont-Vail Hospital from a reaction to the Covid vaccine. ”
On Thursday, Eyewitness News contacted the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KHDE) regarding Evans’ death. The agency issued the following statement:
“KDHE learned this morning of the death of a 68-year-old resident of Atchison County. The resident was vaccinated in Jefferson County and, according to the local health department, appropriate CDC guidelines were followed. During the waiting period following the administration of the vaccine, the person began to suffer from anaphylaxis and medical treatment was provided. The resident was transported to a local hospital where the person subsequently died. The death will be thoroughly investigated according to standard protocol. Until the investigation is completed, it is premature to assign a specific cause of death.
The local health department entered the death in VAERS, on Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, a national vaccine safety oversight program run by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Whenever a death or an adverse event occurs after vaccination, the case should be reported to VAERS. This process allows the CDC and the FDA to monitor adverse events that could be related to the vaccination. Just like the standard protocol for any death reported in VAERS, it will be completely reviewed. The VAERS report will help inform further investigation to conclusively identify the specific cause of the individual’s death.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to the individual’s family.
Evans’ family suspects the vaccine caused his death due to a rare severe allergic reaction. There have been over 100 million shots in the United States and over a million in Kansas. The vast majority only report mild side effects, but from the start the CDC has warned of allergic reactions in some people.
“This severe immunological reaction to the COVID vaccine has been described, has been described in clinical trials. We know that this happens, even though it is a very rare entity, it is less than one in a million. You don’t know if you are one of those people, ”said Dr Tom Moore, infectious disease physician at Wesley Healthcare.
Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that can cause sudden cardiovascular collapse and, in some cases, death.
“Most of the people who developed this very rare problem with the vaccine already had a history of rapid immune reactions to a variety of things, especially anaphylaxis and major food allergies, that sort of thing. The vast majority of people who have food allergies and who have seasonal allergies and allergies to certain medications can still get the vaccine and have no problems, ”said Dr. Moore.
Vaccine trials show the reaction is a possibility with the COVID-19 vaccine, but experts say it’s extremely rare and still encourages you to get the vaccine. So far, 133 million Americans have received the vaccine, according to a report last month, 62 reports of confirmed anaphylaxis have been confirmed, 46 after the Pfizer vaccine and 16 after the Moderna vaccine. However, neither leads to death.
“You are more likely to be struck by lightning,” said Dr. Moore.
Moore said vaccination clinics should also have the necessary supplies to deal with side effects. For example, we know that the Sedgwick County Vaccination Clinic has cobs and other supplies available for this exact reason.
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