California woman, 78, dies after vaccination, though no sign of link

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A 78-year-old woman died shortly after being inoculated at a mass vaccination site in Los Angeles County, health officials announced Saturday, though there was no evidence the vaccine was at fault.

The patient’s family said she had a history of heart illness, said Dr. Michael E. Morris, director of Kaiser Permanente Southern California’s vaccination program, in a statement.

The woman “passed away unexpectedly” Friday after receiving Pfizer’s version of the Covid-19 vaccine about noon at the Kaiser-run site at Cal Poly Pomona, 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, the doctor said.

“While seated in the observation area after the injection, the patient complained of feeling discomfort and while being evaluated by medical personnel, she lost consciousness,” he said. “Paramedics on scene began CPR almost immediately and continued, but she ultimately could not be revived.”

Her cause of death was yet to be determined, but the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said by email that there were no signs of allergic or anaphylactic reactions.

“Her death does not appear to be related to the vaccine,” it said.

The woman’s husband of 57 years was also vaccinated Friday.

“Despite this tragedy, he is still urging that the COVID-19 vaccination effort continue, and said he intends to receive his second dose of vaccine in a few weeks,” Morris said.

Last week, health officials said the cause of death of a 58-year-old Virginia woman who had just received a Pfizer vaccination was unknown.

In January, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health said there was no evidence to suggest the Pfizer vaccine increases the risk of death.

Baseball great Hank Aaron died a few weeks after receiving Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine Jan. 5. Some critics of vaccination immediately used the occasion to suggest a link between the Hall of Famer’s death and the vaccine.

Dr. Carlos del Rio, executive associate dean at the Emory University School of Medicine, said last month he had “absolute confidence that his death has nothing to do with the vaccine and it has to do with the fact that he was old and frail.”

The Cal Poly Pomona vaccination site will remain open as long as supplies last, health officials said.

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  1. Lt Dreben, played by Leslie Nielsen, in “The Naked Gun” is directing traffic and people while a gigantic fireworks factory is massively exploding everywhere behind him. “Nothing to see here. Move along. Nothing to see here. Keep moving. Nothing to see here.” That is what I think of when I see s**t like this story. A bunch of Organized Criminals who’s stated goal is 90% population reduction. A tough decision? If the vaccine “works”? It doesn’t do a goddamn thing…except make you a dangerous producer of a small part of the virus that produces the “spike” protein from every cell in your body. By integrating directly into your DNA. At some point, your immune system proceeds, at an unknown time in the future (within 10 years) to go wild, attack and cause severe autoimmune inflammatory disease in all of your major organs. And will likely kill you or cause serious life changing disability. Or, on the other hand, you can tell them to F**k Off. Is that a tough decision? Am I missing something? I don’t think so. Hey, it’s your decision. “Go With God.” Or whatever you believe. I’m an Oregon State Alum 1980. Go Beavers. Nature’s Engineers. There’s a line in “Naked Gun” when Lt Dreben (Nielsen) was “assisting” Priscilla Presley, in a dress, by holding a ladder steady, while she is fetching something high up on the shelves in a large private library. I showed this movie to my Dad ~5+ years (mid 1990s) after it was released. When Lt Dreben looks up the ladder he says “Nice Beaver”. Priscilla was fetching a real professional taxidermist Stuffed Beaver from the top shelf? (Kids today wouldn’t get the joke. Sad) My Dad laughed so hard that he couldn’t stop. We had to pause the movie for him to regain his composure. My Dad was not that type of personality. At all. I think that just caught him off guard and he let loose with uncontrollable laughter. I miss him. RIP Dad. June 2016.
    Henry, Dad passed away later in the evening after I saw you in the Rogue Valley hospital in Medford. I hope you are well.

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