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Uh Oh! A Virginia Woman Died Hours After Receiving Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

News reports out of Virginia say a woman died within hours of receiving the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, according to her family. However, state officials say that her death and the vaccine may not be related.

The woman, Drene Keyes, 58, received her Pfizer vaccine at a clinic in Warsaw, which is about 80 miles north of Newport News, before falling ill, Warsaw police Chief Joan Kent told NBC News.

Keyes remained at the clinic for 15 minutes after the shot, as recommended, before returning to the clinic later that day, Kent said. She was rushed to VCU Health Tappahannock Hospital, where she died Saturday.

“A co-worker said that she was trying to get in the car and said ‘something’s not right’,” her daughter Lisa Jones said.

Dr. Danny Avula, Virginia’s vaccine coordinator, said he learned about her death immediately. The case is under investigation by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“They’re looking for patterns, they’re looking for a causation versus just a correlation based on time,” he said.

“I want to offer condolences to the family. Any loss is horrible,” said State Health Commissioner M. Norman Oliver.


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