One family in Washington experienced a tragic loss when a woman in her 30s died unexpectedly. The circumstances surrounding her death have prompted health officials to address the public.
According to the Washington Examiner, a statement on Tuesday confirmed that the woman died on Sept. 7 — less than two weeks after she received a COVID-19 vaccine.
“Seattle & King County has learned of the death of a resident from a rare blood clotting syndrome after receiving the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine,” the statement explained.
“Very rare vaccine complication”
The deceased woman “in her late 30s” is the “first confirmed death in King County from this very rare vaccine complication,” officials confirmed, insisting that only three other such deaths have been reported nationwide.
As for the condition itself, thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome has been identified in at least 38 patients out of the more than 12 million Johnson & Johnson shots administered since July 8, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most of those affected have since recovered.
“Women aged 18-49 are at higher risk for these adverse events compared to women 50 years and older,” the statement concluded. “However, even for this younger age group, the risks from COVID-19 outweigh the risks from the J&J vaccine.”
The CDC conducted a study regarding the risks and benefits of receiving the one-dose vaccination, particularly focusing on COVID-19 deaths over the one-month period in which use of the vaccine was paused due to safety concerns.
“Tragic and difficult”
According to the agency, for every “1 million doses of the J&J vaccine administered to women aged 18-49 years, 297 hospitalizations, 56 ICU admissions, and six deaths related to COVID-19 could be prevented, compared with seven expected TTS cases.”
A number of state officials issued statements confirming the latest death linked to the rare syndrome.
Washington Secretary of Health Umair Shah expressed his sympathy for those mourning “the first such death” in the state.
“We send our deepest condolences to her family and loved ones,” Shah wrote. “Losing a loved one at any time is a tragic and difficult and pain that’s become all too familiar in the last year and a half of this pandemic.”
Meanwhile, President Joe Biden is joined by public figures from all walks of life declaring the perceived importance of vaccine mandates and COVID-19 inoculations for every American.