Shortly after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, a woman from Virginia died. Although the authorities said on Friday that there is no indication that the vaccine was at fault.
Joan Kent , the chief of Warsaw Police told NBC News that 58 year old minister Drene Keyes received her Pfizer vaccine at a clinic in Warsaw, around 80 miles north of Newport News. When she got the vaccine, she fell ill.
The police has said that the cause of death was not yet known, and that they are still working on any underlying conditions that may have contributed to Keyes’ death. But there was no evidence that it was because of the vaccine.
Keyes was at the clinic for 15 minutes after getting the COVID-19 vaccine, since it is a recommended procedure after getting the shot.
Later that day, she returned and was rushed to VCU Health Tappahannock Hospital. She died at the hospital on Saturday.
M. Norman Oliver the state Health Commissioner gave a statement on Friday, in which he said that Keyes did not die from the vaccine.
“Preliminary findings indicate that the cause of death was not anaphylaxis, but it will take several weeks for additional information to become available. We can confirm that the death occurred within hours of having received the vaccine, but that is not evidence of it being related. We are currently investigating and do not yet know the cause of death. Our thoughts are with the family during this heartbreaking time,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement. “CDC continues to closely monitor the safety of all vaccines, and we are actively working with Virginia officials to fully investigate the situation.” – he said.
Keyes was identified by the Churchof Abraham, in Gloucester, about 60 miles south of Warsaw, as one of their ministers.
The church also gave a statement, in it they said
“If we had been warned, we would have laughed more, hugged more, worshiped more, and said I love you even more. But without warning, our beloved was called away.”
Vaccines have been received by more than 27 million of Americans since the emergency use authorizations have first been granted for the vaccine back in December of 2020.
According to health experts, the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.
Dr. Carlos del Rio, executive associate dean at the Emory University School of Medicine, said that “I’d rather have the vaccine than have Covid,” after the death of Hank Aaron the baseball player.
About the death of Keyes, both the CDC and the Virginia health officials said that they “will evaluate the situation as more information becomes available and provide timely updates on what is known and any necessary actions,”
“It’s been a difficult year as each of us grapple with a worldwide pandemic. The use of Covid-19 vaccines is the next step in our efforts to protect Americans and reduce the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.” said the CDC statement.
The state health commissioner Oliver has also urged Virginians to keep getting COVID-19 vaccinations.
“The vaccines are our best hope to end this pandemic and is very, very safe. Most clinical trials for vaccines involve about 6,000 people — clinical trials for Pfizer and Moderna vaccines followed more than 70,000 people, including many people with chronic medical conditions.” – he said.