Lincoln, NP. (Colin) – The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has learned that the COVID-19 vaccine has been listed as one of the many causes of death for an individual in the state.
The individual, a man in his late forties with a number of comorbidities and a resident of a long-term care facility, died between one and two weeks after receiving his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The death occurred on January 17, and the man received the vaccine in the first week of January.
The death was entered into the vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, a national vaccine safety monitoring program run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration. Any time a death or other adverse event occurs after vaccination, the case should be reported to the VAERS. This process allows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration to closely monitor and evaluate any adverse events, for ongoing safety assessments. As is the standard protocol for any reported death in the VAERS, it will be fully revised.
Dr. Gary Anton, Nebraska’s chief medical officer, issued the following statement:
“Residents of long-term care facilities have received high priority in the country to receive vaccinations, due to the high death rates in this medically vulnerable population group. We have confidence in the safety of the vaccine and understand that there may be questions about a situation like this. Usually, COVID-19 vaccine deaths can be attributed to anaphylaxis and occur within a relatively short period after the vaccine is given, which is why the monitoring is done. While I cannot predict this condition, when individuals die days or weeks after the vaccine is given, it is most likely due to other underlying factors. It is really important for individuals with high-risk conditions to consult their medical care provider about the best way to get vaccinated. “
The Department of Health and Human Services says vaccination is the best line of defense against the COVID-19 pandemic.
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