DENVER (KDVR) – A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Adverse Event Reporting System of the Food and Drug Administration says a 15-year-old boy from Colorado died of heart failure on April 20, two days after receiving of the Pfizer Covid vaccine.
No pre-existing conditions or allergies are listed. Anyone can report to VAERS and the reports have not been verified.
Currently, Pfizer is authorized for emergency use only for people 16 and older. FOX31 contacted the CDC and the Department of Public Health and the Environment in Colorado to try to verify this report. Both agencies said no other information on the case could be provided.
But in February, Tom Shimabukuro, deputy director of the CDC’s immunization security service, spoke to our station and explained how VAERS works.
“We rely on healthcare providers, as well as patients, parents and carers, and others, to send adverse event reports after immunization to the CDC, to our VAERS system,” he said in February.
If the report is classified as serious, the CDC monitors to obtain medical records. “Some of these reports may be real side effects caused by the vaccine, and some of these reports are accidental health events and are not related to the vaccine at all,” he explained.
Severe reactions, he said, are extremely rare. “The benefits of vaccination far outweigh all the risks of vaccination,” he said.
On Monday, the CDPHE said the CDC was leading an investigation into the recent case.
The agency issued a statement that read in part: “Given the large number of COVID-19 vaccinations currently underway, events such as heart attacks, strokes, serious illnesses and deaths are expected to occur by accident in the coming days. To date, VAERS has found no patterns in the cause of death that indicate a problem with the safety of COVID-19 vaccines. “
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