Deaths of Elderly Who Recovered From COVID-19, but Died After Vaccine, Raise Questions

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A man receives a COVID-19 vaccine at California State Polytechnic University-Pomona in Pomona, Calif., on Feb. 5, 2021. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images)

Two small clusters of deaths after COVID-19 vaccination have been reported among nursing homes in Kentucky and Arkansas. In Kentucky, four seniors died the same day of their vaccination on Dec. Deaths after vaccination don’t necessarily mean the vaccine is to blame. Of those receiving coronavirus vaccines, many are elderly and frail, or already suffering from serious illnesses.

Kentucky Nursing Home Deaths

According to VAERS reports, the Kentucky deaths occurred on Dec. 30 after vaccinations with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. An ill 88-year-old woman who was «14 + days post covid» was given the Pfizer-BioNTech shot while she was «unresponsive in room.» She died within an hour and a half . An 88-year-old who was «15 days post covid» got the shot, was monitored for 15 minutes afterward, and passed away within 90 minutes . A third report says an 88-year-old woman who was «14 + days post covid» vomited four minutes after receiving her shot, became short of breath, and passed away that night .

The CDC insists it’s safe for people who have recovered from COVID-19 to get vaccinated and that there’s no minimum interval recommended between infection and vaccination. «Vaccination should be offered to persons regardless of history of prior symptomatic or asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection,» it states. But other scientists say vaccinating people who are already considered immune after a natural COVID-19 infection wastes valuable doses of vaccines when there are shortages. Sarah Oliver falsely stated, «Data from both clinical trials suggests that people with prior infection are still likely to benefit from vaccination».

Meantime, preliminary results from a study co-authored by a team of more than two dozen researchers noted that people infected with COVID-19 in the past «experience systemic side effects with a significantly higher frequency» after vaccination than others. The CDC confirms that it’s monitoring reports that people who’ve already had COVID-19 seem to be suffering significantly more frequent or more severe reactions after vaccination, or «reactogenicity,» than those who didn’t have COVID-19. «CDC is aware of reports of increased reactogenicity in persons who have had COVID-19,» said a spokesman.

Arkansas Nursing Home Deaths

Two elderly women, ages 90 and 78 , were vaccinated the same day as the 65-year-old man and also tested positive for COVID-19 about a week after their shots and died. According to the unnamed person who reported the 90-year-old’s death, «the vaccine did not have enough time to prevent COVID 19» and «There is no evidence that the vaccination caused patient’s death. It simply didn’t have time to save her life.» The person who reported the 78-year-old’s death claimed she died «as a result of COVID-19 and her underlying health conditions and not as a result of the vaccine». In response to questions about the Arkansas cluster, the CDC said, «Surveillance data to date do not indicate excess deaths among elderly patients receiving COVID-19 vaccinations.» Overall, says the agency, the number of deaths at long term care facilities after COVID-19 vaccinations is no higher than what would be expected to occur naturally.

Frail Patients

It says the deaths «are in line with the expected, all-cause mortality rates and causes of death in the sub-population of frail, elderly individuals, and the available information does not confirm a contributory role for the vaccine in the reported fatal events». But one unanswered question is whether patients who are both frail and have already had COVID-19 might suffer a double-whammy that puts them at greater risk when vaccinated. First, those with a previous COVID-19 infection might be more likely to suffer adverse events upon vaccination, according to scientific reports. In the United States, VAERS reports contain numerous other cases of elderly, frail people who’d had COVID-19, got vaccinated, and died.

A 96-year-old Ohio woman tested positive for COVID-19 in November, got the Pfizer vaccine on Dec. A 94-year-old Michigan man at a senior living facility who had COVID-19 and other illnesses received the Moderna vaccine on Jan. A 91-year-old Michigan woman with Alzheimer’s and other illnesses at a senior living facility who had tested positive for COVID-19 received the Moderna vaccine on Dec. After her vaccination, an earlier COVID-19 test from Jan.

In other cases, elderly, frail patients tested positive for COVID-19 shortly after vaccination. A 104-year-old woman in New York received the Pfizer vaccine on Dec. The next day, a COVID-19 test was done and came back positive. 21, 2020, developed a fever and respiratory distress, and tested positive for COVID-19.

A WHO vaccine safety subcommittee reviewed reports of deaths among the frail, elderly after the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. «The benefit-risk balance of BNT162b2 remains favorable in the elderly, and does not suggest any revision, at present, to the recommendations around the safety of this vaccine,» said the WHO officials.

« Based on ongoing safety reviews performed by Pfizer, BioNTech and health authorities, BNT162b2 retains a positive benefit-risk profile for the prevention of COVID-19 infections». Pfizer didn’t answer whether it has concluded that any deaths might be linked to vaccination. Currently, the CDC recommends vaccination for people who’ve already had coronavirus. The agency didn’t directly answer the question of whether it’s safe for people to get vaccinated while they have an active COVID-19 infection.

A CDC spokesman said that deferring vaccination is recommended in those instances, but didn’t say whether it was due to a safety issue. «Vaccination of persons with known current SARS-CoV-2 infection should be deferred until the person has recovered from the acute illness and criteria have been met for them to discontinue isolation,» says the CDC.

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Source: Sharyl Attkisson | The Epoch Times

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