COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Hamilton County coroners spoke on Friday against speculation that the death of a 20-year-old college student from Columbus was caused by a Johnson & Johnson vaccine. For COVID-19
John Foley, a medical student at the University of Cincinnati, died Sunday, the day after he was vaccinated. Posted on social media in recent days, speculations have been made that his death was linked to the shooting. But after examining Foley’s autopsy results, Dr. Lakshmi Sam Marco decided to deal with those rumors directly.
“At this time, we do not have any evidence to suggest that the vaccine was directly related to his death, and we are looking into all factors and to see if they are indirect,”; said Sammarco, Hami’s coroner. Milton County, “but at this point we don’t have any evidence.”
Sammarco is still waiting for the results of tests and other medical records so she can learn more.
On Tuesday, the J&J vaccine was removed from distribution in the United States as health officials studied the link between it and blood clots in six of the 6.8 million women who received the vaccine nationwide. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is the only option compared to the two-shot option from Pfizer and Moderna and Ohio, used in programs to vaccinate students before the end of the semester. The spring
Foley’s parents, John and Mary Beth Foley of Columbus released a statement this week about the death of their son and also said they would not speak to the media.
“Our beloved son, John Francis Foley, has passed away, and our family mourns this wonderful loss of happiness in our lives,” the statement reads. It is not clear how he died. But we have enjoyed his life: caring for others, enlightened by God’s grace, and generous to all. We know the doctors involved are doing their best. We must be patient and ask everyone to be patient. John is going to be a doctor, so this is what he needs. We understand that many people want to know more about his death – so do we – but we ask everyone to understand that this is a time for our family to grieve personally.
Foley was rested on Friday in Columbus.