Los Angeles, CA – A 78-year-old woman died shortly after receiving an injection of the Pfizer vaccine at around 12 noon in Los Angeles County at Cal Poly Pomona on Friday at noon, said Dr. Michael E. Morris, medical director of the Covid-19 Vaccination Program at Kaiser Permanente, Southern California.
“While seated in the observation area after the injection, the patient complained of feeling discomfort and while being evaluated by medical personnel, she lost consciousness,” he said. “Paramedics on scene began CPR almost immediately and continued, but she ultimately could not be revived.”
The cause of the woman’s death has not been determined, but Morris said there were no signs of a serious allergic reaction. The woman’s family said she had a history of heart disease, according to Morris.
The woman’s husband, with whom she had shared 57 years of marriage, also received the vaccine. “Despite this tragedy, he is still urging that the COVID-19 vaccination effort continue, and said he intends to receive his second dose of vaccine in a few weeks,” said Morris.
“The first indications are that this sad incident is not related to the vaccine,” said Morris. “The vaccination center will remain open and vaccinations will continue as long as supplies are available.”