J&J vaccine not linked to death of college student from Columbus, coroner says


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Coroner: 'We don't have any evidence' that J&J vaccine directly contributed to UC student's death

WCPO 31 December, 1969 - 06:00pm

Despite social media rumors, the autopsy of University of Cincinnati student John Foley has produced no evidence that COVID-19 or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine directly contributed to his sudden death.

“At this point in time, we don’t have any evidence to indicate that the vaccine was related to his death,” Hamilton County coroner Lakshmi Sammarco said in a Friday afternoon news conference.

Sammarco said her office is exploring other, likelier causes of death but declined to provide specific information about an investigation in progress.

Foley, a 21-year-old Columbus native, died at home on April 11.

He had received the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine the day before, and social media posts quickly appeared claiming it had caused his death. Some claimed that Foley’s autopsy produced evidence he experienced fatal blood clots, mimicking a nonfatal side effect recorded in six known Johnson & Johnson recipients.

This isn’t true, Sammarco said. Foley had no blood clots and didn’t experience a pulmonary embolism.

Her office’s death investigation remains in early stages, and Sammarco said she would prefer to wait for information about his real cause of death rather than float possibilities to the media.

Her staff is still waiting to learn more about Foley’s medical history and to receive results on some post-mortem tests.

“I would rather not give any information which is incomplete until we have more specific testing,” she said. “I don’t want to share any specifics about things we have found and that may have contributed to his death.”

She added: “Until those results come back, we don’t have definitive answers. Our deepest condolences go out to the family. I have a 21-year-old in the same program that John was in, and this was particularly close to the heart.”

Sammarco encouraged Hamilton County residents to get their vaccine when it becomes available, to talk openly with family and friends, and to use official sources for research if they are worried about potential side effects.

“I realize it’s a personal decision, but I would like to encourage people to do the research and get the real information, and not just get your facts from social media," she said.

Hamilton County Coroner: Report shows no tie between University of Cincinnati student's death and Johnson & Johnson vaccine

WKYC.com 16 April, 2021 - 01:54pm

COLUMBUS, Ohio — After days of speculation over the death of a University of Cincinnati college student that occurred just days after he received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, the coroner in Hamilton County reports there is no tie.

In a press conference on Friday, Hamilton County Coroner Lakshmi Sammarco stated that preliminary autopsy reports show that there is no direct connection to the death of John Foley on Sunday after receiving the vaccine on Saturday.

Sammarco stated that there has been misinformaton about blood clots and pulminary embolism. "We did not find any evidence of that, but we're still waiting for a lot of specialized tests," she added.

21-year-old John Francis Foley died this past Sunday. Cincinnati police responded to his off-campus housing after 9 p.m., but it is not clear if he died at home or at the hospital. 

"We have some additional findings on autopsy that are more likely his cause of death but we don't see a direct connection but we are investigating to see if there's an indirect connection," Sammarco said.

Federal and state health officials recommended a pause of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine earlier this week due to six cases of blood clots that have emerged. As of Tuesday, Approximately 6.8 million people have received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine in the U.S. 264,311 of those vaccinations were administered in Ohio.

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IMU COVID vaccine clinic coming

The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines 16 April, 2021 - 01:48pm

Follow-up clinic for 2nd dose to come during finals week

With three weeks to go before the close of classes, the University of Iowa beginning next week will host a series of on-campus COVID-19 vaccination clinics for students.

The UI on Friday unveiled its plans to incentivize vaccination by offering students a one-time $10 Iowa City Downtown District gift card to those who produce a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention vaccination card and student ID at the Iowa Memorial Union beginning Friday.

The first clinic planned for April 21-22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the IMU will offer registrants the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine — which requires two doses spaced three weeks apart, unlike the recently paused Johnson & Johnson option that necessitated just one.

UI Student Health will hold a follow-up clinic at the IMU on May 13-14 for the second dose. Given that finals week is May 10-14, administrators are advising students “consider their class and final exam schedule” when arranging their second doses, which will happen when they get their first.

Although the vaccinations are free, students must first complete a COVID-19 immunization survey that will send an email to the student with directions on how to sign up for a time slot.

“Many time slots will be available, so friends should be able to sign up for the same time and attend together, if they wish,” according to a UI communication Friday.

Because individuals must get both doses from the same provider, UI administrators are stressing the need for students to consult their finals schedule or to book an appointment at Student Health during the following week — May 16-21.

Iowa State University and University of Northern Iowa this week hosted on-campus vaccination clinics — as did Cornell College in Mount Vernon.

All three of Iowa’s public universities have promised a return to more traditional college operations in the fall. Although masks and social distancing still could be required, state Board of Regents President Michael Richards this week announced the campuses won’t mandate vaccination or proof of vaccination in the fall.

Grinnell College on Wednesday announced it will. Other private colleges and universities told The Gazette they’re either still deciding whether to mandate the vaccine or won’t — although they’ll encourage it.

To get the $10 gift card, UI students must have had both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson option — which has proved effective against COVID-19, despite concerns it caused blood clotting in several patients.

Students unable to get a vaccine for medical or religious reasons are eligible to get a gift card too. They’ll need to visit the Office of the Dean of Students, 135 Iowa Memorial Union, to obtain an exception.

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Coroner: No direct link between COVID-19 vaccine and Cincinnati student’s death

WJW FOX 8 News Cleveland 16 April, 2021 - 01:38pm

CINCINNATI (WJW)– There is no direct link between the death of a University of Cincinnati student and the COVID-19 vaccine, Hamilton County Coroner Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco said on Friday.

John Francis Foley, 21, of Columbus, died Sunday evening after emergency crews responded to his off-campus home. Foley received the Johnson and Johnson one-shot vaccine.

“We don’t see a direct connection between the vaccine administration the day before,” Sammarco said. “We are investigating to see if there is an indirect connection.”

The investigation is in the early stages and the coroner’s office is looking at other causes of death. It’s also questioning those who were with Foley at the time. Sammarco said there was no evidence of abnormal clotting or pulmonary embolism. Foley was tested for COVID-19.

An attorney for the Foley family released a statement Thursday afternoon.

“Our beloved son John Francis Foley is gone, and our family mourns the loss of this wonderful and sweet joy of our lives. While the facts remain unclear how he died, we are rejoicing in how he lived: caring for others, lit with God’s grace, and generous to all.”

Sammarco noted most people experience a low fever and body aches after the vaccine. She comes from a family of physicians and said everyone in her family that is eligible has received a COVID-19 vaccination.

Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration recommended a pause of the Johnson and Johnson shot because of a rare type of blood clot. Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis was reported in six women. They experienced symptoms six to 13 days after the receiving the vaccine.

(Watch a portion of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's coronavirus news conference from Thursday in the video player above)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW)-- The Ohio Department of Health released the latest COVID-19 numbers and the state continues a slow trend upwards.

While employers in most states have the right to require the COVID-19 vaccine, do they have the right to ask employees if they received the shot or request proof of the shot?

They discussed ongoing vaccination efforts in Summit County, and the delayed use of Johnson & Johnson at their mass vaccination site in Tallmadge.

No ‘direct evidence’ UC student’s death was from J&J vaccine, coroner says

WXIX 16 April, 2021 - 01:20pm

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Hamilton County Coroner Lakshmi Kode Sammarco said they do not see a direct connection between a University of Cincinnati student’s death and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Sammarco said 21-year-old John Foley was found dead in his off-campus home on Sunday, one day after receiving the J&J vaccine.

“We’re in the very preliminary stage of an investigation. We’re waiting on a lot of answers,” she said.

The coroner did say the autopsy didn’t show any evidence of blood clots in Foley’s system.

On Tuesday, the U.S. recommended a “pause” in use of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of rare but potentially dangerous blood clots, setting off a chain reaction worldwide and dealing a setback to the global vaccination campaign.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration announced that they were looking into unusual clots in six women between the ages of 18 and 48. One person died.

Foley’s death remains under investigation by the coroner’s office and the Ohio Department of Health.

“We don’t see a direct connection between the two,” Sammarco said. “Still waiting for a lot of specialized tests and also waiting for additional information from medical records.”

The coroner said there were some findings on the autopsy performed that were more likely the cause of death but won’t give details until further testing is done.

“We don’t have any evidence to indicate that the vaccine was directly related to his death. And we are looking at, you know, all the different factors and to see if there was an indirect connection or not, but at this point, we don’t have any evidence to that,” Sammarco said.

Foley’s family released a statement on Wednesday saying in part:

“Our beloved son John Francis Foley is gone, and our family mourns the loss of this wonderful and sweet joy of our lives. While the facts remain unclear on how he died, we are rejoicing in how he lived: caring for others, lit with God’s grace, and generous to all.

We know the doctors involved are doing their best. We must be patient, and we ask everyone else to be patient, too. John was going to be a doctor, so this is what he would want.”

Drake University scales back vaccine clinic after J&J pause

KCCI Des Moines 16 April, 2021 - 06:41am

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Drake University will administer the Pfizer vaccine to students Friday after federal regulators hit pause on Johnson & Johnson's vaccine.

Drake's original plan was to vaccinate 2,000 people at the Knapp Center, but they had to scale down to 500.

University leaders say they were not surprised by the big announcement on Johnson & Johnson earlier this week.

That's because they've gotten used to constant changes with COVID-19.

Friday's clinic was going to be the University's first experience with the convenient Johnson & Johnson single-shot immunization.

Drake University Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice Nora Stelter said the school's ultimate goal is to vaccinate as many students as possible by the end of the semester before they head home for summer break.

“We're always ready for something new to pop up, so we were on the phone at 6 a.m. when that news came out, already working and figuring out, how are we gonna pivot? What can we do? How are we gonna change things and still offer that service," Stelter said.

Those who originally signed up for the Johnson & Johnson clinic at the Knapp Center will be prioritized for the Pfizer vaccine, now held at the Harkin Center on Friday.

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