New Jersey man hospitalized after J&J COVID-19 vaccine on ventilator

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The New Jersey man who was hospitalized with COVID-19 after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was placed on a ventilator on Friday as his condition worsened, his daughter told The Post.

Francisco Cosme, 52 – who fell ill despite receiving the blow five weeks before – was unconscious when his daughter, Michelle Torres, saw him briefly during a FaceTime call on Friday morning.

“He’s not doing very well now. Doctors said right now it’s still up to his body to go on, ”Torres said, his voice shaking with emotion.

“He’s not conscious, we’re just looking at him,” she said.

Torres, who was not allowed to visit her father in hospital because she also has COVID-19, said her family is heartbroken over their deteriorating health.

“It’s a lot, you pray and you want the best. And it got worse, ”she said.

Cosme, who is diabetic, was put on a ventilator at 5 am Friday – but the “oxygen level” on the machine “is not where it needs to be,” she said.

Francisco Cosme received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine five weeks before he fell ill with the coronavirus.
Francisco Cosme received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine five weeks before he fell ill with the coronavirus.
David Zalubowski / AP; Michelle Torres (inset)

Cosme began to experience symptoms of the coronavirus, including a cough and chills, on April 1 after receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine at the Javits Center on March 6. He was rushed to John F. Kennedy Medical Center last week. , where it is still processed.

Torres said she now wants Johnson & Johnson to do more research on the vaccine – and clarify that people can still be hospitalized with the coronavirus, even after receiving the vaccine.

Francisco Cosme has been placed on a ventilator and
Francisco Cosme has been placed on a ventilator and “isn’t doing very well now,” according to his daughter Michelle Torres.
Michelle Torres

“Do more research and revise [your] statement, ”she said.

In another New Jersey case, Shannon Kelly, 25, of Tabernacle, told the Post she fell ill with COVID-19 earlier this month after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Kelly said she got the photo on March 11 during a CVS in Clementon and felt good at first.

“Three weeks later, I had a cold, congestion and an earache,” said Kelly, who works at a private school. “I have lost my smell and my taste. I have a bad cough and shortness of breath. “

New Jersey woman Shannon Kelly tested positive for COVID-19 and had
Shannon Kelly of New Jersey also tested positive for COVID-19 and suffered “from a cold, congestion and earache” after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Shannon Kelly

She tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, although she is otherwise fit and healthy, she said.

“I’ve been in bed for two weeks now,” she said, adding that her cough hadn’t stopped yet.

« [It’s] surprising. I knew Johnson & Johnson was not as efficient as the other two. Yet I am young, healthy and fit. “

Francisco Cosme and his wife, Laura Eugene.
Francisco Cosme and his wife, Laura Eugene.
Michelle Torres

Earlier this week, a 39-year-old man from Brooklyn said he fell ill with COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the Johnson & Johnson jab.

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