A 78-year-old woman died shortly after being vaccinated at a mass vaccination site in Los Angeles County, health officials said Saturday.
The patient’s family said she had a history of heart disease, said Dr. Michael E. Morris, director of Kaiser Permanente’s Southern California vaccination program, in a statement.
The woman “died unexpectedly” Friday after receiving Pfizer’s version of the Covid-19 vaccine around noon at Kaiser-run Cal Poly Pomona facility, 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, the doctor said.
“While sitting in the observation area after the injection, the patient complained of discomfort and passed out when she was examined by medical staff,” he said. “On-site paramedics started and continued CPR almost immediately, but ultimately it could not be resuscitated.”
Her cause of death was yet to be determined, but the Los Angeles Department of Health said via email that there were no signs of allergic or anaphylactic reactions.
“Her death doesn’t seem to have anything to do with the vaccine,” it said.
The woman’s 57-year-old husband was also vaccinated on Friday.
“Despite this tragedy, he is still pressing for the COVID-19 vaccination effort to continue and said he intends to receive his second dose of vaccine in a few weeks,” said Morris.
Last week, health officials said the cause of death of a 58-year-old Virginia woman who had just received a Pfizer vaccination is unknown.
In January, the Norwegian Public Health Institute announced that there was no evidence that the Pfizer vaccine increased the risk of death.
Baseball star Hank Aaron died a few weeks after receiving the Covid-19 vaccine from Moderna on January 5th. Some vaccination critics immediately took the opportunity to suggest a link between the Hall of Famer deaths and the vaccine.
Dr. Carlos del Rio, Executive Associate Dean at Emory University School of Medicine, said last month he had “absolute confidence that his death had nothing to do with the vaccine and the fact that he is old and frail.” “”
Cal Poly Pomona vaccination center will remain open while supplies last, health officials said.