GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – A wife and mother’s family in the Ionia area says she died of complications after receiving Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine.
Anne VanGeest, 35, died April 19 at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s in Grand Rapids.
“It is very sad that we share news of Anne’s passing as a result of complications after receiving Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine,” her family said in a statement earlier this morning. Thursday published through Grand Rapids public relations firm.
A statement from VanGeest’s family representative paused briefly saying she died from the J&J vaccine instead of saying she had died. “As a result of complications after (Emphasis) received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. ”
The statement went on to say that VanGeest was “a loving mother, wife, sister and daughter”.
“An active member of the animal rescue community, Annie will be remembered as a fierce advocate, multi-worker and caring friend, colleague, volunteer and her family,” read the statement.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed to the VanGeest family that her death was reported through Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)A vaccine safety system managed by the CDC and the FDA.
“We received a VAERS report on the lawsuit filed by her healthcare provider (Anne’s),” a member of the CDC’s Office of Immunization Safety wrote in an email exchange with a relative of VanGeest.
“VAERS accepts reports of possible side effects. (Also called ‘Adverse events’) after vaccination The system was not designed to determine whether an adverse event reported was caused by a vaccine. But it serves as an early warning system and helps the CDC and FDA identify areas for further study.When VAERS receives reports of serious illness or death after vaccination, VAERS staff will contact the hospital where the patient was being treated. To obtain relevant medical records to better understand the adverse events. They don’t have regular contact with their families. “
Neither the FDA nor the CDC confirmed to News 8 that it was investigating the Van Geest death.
Her family said she received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on April 8.She later had persistent headache, one of the symptoms reported in women under 50 who suffer from the condition. Rare complications of the J&J vaccine
On April 13, the CDC ordered a temporary halt to Johnson & Johnson vaccine after it was reported. Six “rare and severe blood clots” called cerebrovascular events or CVST.
Federal health officials recorded 15 complaints of J&J vaccine recipients, most of them women under 50, suffering from a dangerous blood clot. Three people died But with more than 8 million doses, federal health officials It was decided last week that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks. And a 11-day break in the management of the shooting Younger women concerned about J&J firing could be looking for an opportunity to get Pfizer or Moderna instead.
Anne VanGeest’s death certificate characterizes death as “natural” and causes “non-traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage”, described as “natural” death. “Bleeding in the region between the brain and the thin covering of tissue”
University of Michigan Dr. Geoff Barnes, who was not involved in VanGeest’s care and had no knowledge of the circumstances surrounding her death, told News 8 that “subcutaneous hemorrhage” could arise as a result of J&J complications.
Barnes explains what federal researchers found in a rare coagulation case connected to the J&J vaccine.
“(The patient) developed a blood clot in one of the blood vessels drained from the brain. But they were also found to have very low platelet counts, ”he told News 8.“ (Low platelet count) is one of the components in the blood that helps to clot. Therefore, these patients are at risk for bleeding and blood clotting. ”
Barnes said patients had clotting complications between four and 28 days after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
According to the CDC, symptoms of complications that can be fatal can include:
- Severe or persistent headache or blurred vision
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Swollen legs
- Persistent stomach pain
- Easy bruising or small blood spots under the skin other than the injection site.
“It is very important for healthcare providers to be aware that the condition is present, although it is very rare. Because we need to know how to diagnose the disease and how to treat it properly, ”said Dr. Barnes, the CDC and FDA have developed specific steps to guide healthcare providers in making a diagnosis and treatment. Such case.
Metro Health – The University of Michigan announced Monday. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is not given to women under 50. “For extra caution”
Barnes noted that a single dose of the J&J vaccine is particularly helpful for people who do not have access to healthcare readily and may not be able to come back for a second dose.
News 8 asked Barnes if he would recommend the J&J vaccine to women under 50.
“If I had a family member, a younger family member – a woman who told me that she was very worried about having to shoot two. But willing to get one, I would encourage her to get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. I think the risks here are very low, ”he replied.“ The risks associated with COVID-19 infection and so on. That can do with our body is much higher. That’s where I am even more concerned, so I will support family members who tell me they want to get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine because of their convenience or accessibility. I will definitely support them. ”
While VanGeest was living in Ionia County’s Easton Township, her death certificate was filed in Kent County due to her death at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s in Grand Rapids.
g GoFundMe account To help with the funeral costs and support the family, VanGeest said she left four children behind. It recognized her as an animal lover. Said she works at C-Snip, which provides pet spay and sterilization, and is a volunteer with Carol’s Ferals.
A statement from VanGeest’s family asks for privacy as they mourn the wife and mother’s death and celebrate her life.
A memorial donation is recommended in the name of Annie. C-Snip and LuvnPupz of Grand Rapids.