Unlike all the other vaccines, the Covid-19 vaccines are not ‘approved’ by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration because they didn’t undergo the regular approval process which usually takes years from the early testing stages to final approval. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, all the available vaccines are “authorized for emergency use” in battling the pandemic.
Hundreds of studies have shown that Covid-19 vaccines work and reduce the risk of getting infected with the deadly virus, especially providing significant protection against hospitalization or death. These data additionally suggest that the benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine outweigh any known or potential risks of vaccination.
Unfortunately, in very rare cases, vaccines might trigger some unwanted effects. So was the case with the 68-year-old Kansas woman J. Evans who reportedly died shortly after getting vaccinated with Modern’s Covid vaccine last March after developing allergic reaction leading to her death. The autopsy final results released few days ago confirmed Evans allergic reaction was triggered by the Covid-19 vaccine.
According to Fox News, Evans struggled to breathe and speak 20 minutes after receiving the shot even after she was given an EpiPen, a device meant to treat allergic reactions. She died at a local Kansas hospital the next day and the cause of death was reported as “anaphylaxis due to COVID-19 vaccination.”
As per the Capital Journal who were among the first to report about the final autopsy results, the woman had previously had an anaphylactic reaction to the drug Albuterol and she suffered from hypertension, environmental allergies, reactive airway disease and allergic disorder. Evans’ family says now they plan to file a lawsuit over her death.
CDC is aware of this very rare unwanted side effect some Covid-vaccinated patients develop. According to their data, only about five in one million people who got vaccinated with the Covid-19 vaccines will develop Anaphylaxis. In addition to data, developing Anaphylaxis doesn’t necessarily mean that a patient will die.
Although the Covid-19 vaccines “authorized for emergency use” are proven to work against the deadly virus and keep those vaccinated in most of the cases, it is unclear how many vaccinated with any of the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson and Johnson’s one-shot vaccine have developed unwanted symptoms after getting vaccinated.
Following Evans’ death and the final autopsy results, one of Evans’ sons said “the family is actively looking for a new attorney to represent them” in filing lawsuit after their now former attorney decided not to pursue legal action without further explaining the decision recalling on attorney-client privilege violation.
As of Friday, the CDC’s data shows that about 251.8 million people had received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, including about 213.6 million people who had been fully vaccinated. So far, about 91.1 million fully vaccinated people have received an additional vaccine dose or a booster dose, the highest level of protection against the virus.