IONIA DISTRICT, MICHIGAN – The Ionia family mourns the death of their husband and mother after they say she died of complications after receiving the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine.
The family of 35-year-old Anne Wangist issued a statement after her death on April 19.
“It is with deep sadness that we share the news of Anne’s death as a result of complications following the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. Anne, 35, was a loving mother, wife, sister and daughter. An active member of the animal rescue community, Annie will be remembered as a fierce advocate, master multitasker and caring friend by her colleagues, fellow volunteers and family. We pray for the privacy of her family as they mourn Annie̵
In an email to the VanGeest family, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed that her death was reported through the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). VAERS is a vaccine safety system operated by the CDC and FDA.
VAERS receives reports of possible side effects (also called ‘side effects’) after vaccination. The system is not intended to determine whether a reported adverse event is caused by the vaccine, but serves as an early warning system and helps the CDC and FDA identify areas for further investigation, ”the CDC explained in the email. “When VAERS receives reports of serious illness or death after vaccination, VAERS staff contact the hospital where the patient was treated to obtain related medical records to better understand the adverse event.
VanGeest died on April 19. According to her family, VanGeest received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine 11 days before her death.
VanGeest’s death certificate stated the cause of death as “acute subarachnoid hemorrhage non-traumatic”.