The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating the death of a 13-year-old boy three days after he received his second dose of Pfizer coronavirus vaccine.
The boy, Jacob Clynick, had no underlying health conditions when he died in his sleep shortly after his second shot, his aunt Tammy Burages, told the Detroit Free Press, and health operatives are trying to see if there is a connection between the vaccine he received and his death.
Jacob received his second shot in mid-June and died three days later after complaining of common post-vaccine symptoms including fatigue and fever, his aunt, said of the boy looking forward to his freshman year of high school.
“He passed away in the middle of the night at home,” she told the Detroit Free Press.
“We are currently looking at toxicology, tissue reports, blood work,” Saginaw County medical examiner Dr. Russell Bush told The Detroit News.
“There will be discussions with the CDC and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Obviously, everyone is concerned with this case. We’re doing everything we can as far as testing and looking at potential problems related to the young man’s death.”
An autopsy showed his heart was enlarged and that there was fluid around it, Burages told the newspaper, but health experts said it could take three to five months to determine an exact cause of death, and whether it was somehow related to the vaccine.
“CDC is aware of a 13-year-old boy in Michigan who died after receiving a COVID-19 vaccination,” CDC spokeswoman Martha Sharan told WSET-TV.
“This case is currently under investigation and until the investigation is complete, it is premature to assign a specific cause of death.”