CDC investigating death of teen days after receiving COVID-19 vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating the death of a teenage boy after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

The 13-year-old boy died three days after receiving the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Saginaw County Health Department which received the death certificate on June 17.

 It may take several months for an official cause of death to be determined due to the toxicology reports from the Saginaw County Medical Examiner, according to Mid-Michigan Now.

Due to the boy’s recent COVID-19 vaccination, the death was reported to the CDC’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). The investigation as to whether there is a correlation between the untimely death of the boy and his receiving the COVID-19 vaccine is at the federal level within the CDC.

The Saginaw County Health Department released the following statement in response to the boys death.

“Health officer Chris Harrington, MPH, and medical director Delicia Pruitt, MD, are mothers of children near the boy’s age, so it hits close to home for them.”

“Throughout the pandemic, Harrington and Pruitt have repeatedly encouraged residents of Saginaw to make informed decisions about their health – whether to attend gatherings, send children to in-person learning, or to be vaccinated. They have sought out local experts, answered questions, and advised everyone to talk to their physician to make the most informed decision based on personal risks versus benefits,” the statement concludes.

Michigan health officials report that 328,675 residents age 12-to-19 have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 265,905 residents from that age range have received two doses.

The boy’s death comes as Italy announced earlier this month they are halting the AstraZeneca vaccine for those under the age of 60 following the death of an 18-year-old girl after she received the vaccine.

“AstraZeneca will only be used for people over 60,” the country’s special COVID commissioner Francesco Figliuolo told reporters at a news conference.

Camilla Canepa died of a blood clot on June 10 after being given the vaccine on May 25.