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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will investigate the death of a Nebraska man after local health officials listed the Covid-19 vaccine as one of several causes of death, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services said in a press release on late Thursday with.
The man, a long-term care facility in his late forties with multiple concurrent diseases and conditions, died on January 17 between one and two weeks after receiving his first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.
The CDC and FDA received 1,170 reports of deaths in people in the United States who received Covid vaccine between December 14 and February 7 – 0.003% of those vaccinated. During that time, over 41 million doses of Pfizer or Moderna’s Covid were administered 19 vaccines across the country, according to the CDC.
“Typically, deaths from COVID-19 vaccines can be attributed to anaphylaxis and occur relatively soon after the vaccine is administered, so monitoring is done,” said Dr. Gary Anthone, Nebraska Chief Medical Officer.
“While I can’t speculate about this case, if people die days or weeks after being given the vaccine, it is more likely to be due to other underlying factors,” Anthone said.
The death was recorded on the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, a national vaccination safety monitoring program run by the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration. All adverse events or deaths must be reported to the system if they occur after vaccination.
“This process enables the CDC and FDA to closely monitor and assess adverse events for ongoing safety assessments,” said a statement from the state health department.
The CDC has not reported any patterns for cause of death that would suggest safety issues with the vaccines.
People with high-risk diseases should consult their medical providers about vaccination, Anthone said.