GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (WOOD) – The family of his wife and mother in Ionia says she died due to complications following Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccinations.
Anne Vanjest, 35, died on April 19 at the Mercy Health Saint Mary’s in Grand Rapids.
“It is with deep sadness that we share the news of Anna’s passing as a result of complications from Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccinations,” her family said in a statement released Thursday morning via PR firm Grand Rapids.
The VanGest family spokesperson’s statement did not say that she died from the J&J vaccine, but instead said that she died “as a result of complications. after (emphasis added) getting Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. “
The statement goes on to describe VanGest as “a loving mother, wife, sister and daughter.”
“An active member of the animal rescue community, Annie will be remembered by her peers, fellow volunteers and family as a fierce advocate, multi-tasking foreman and caring friend,” the statement said.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed to the VanGest family that her death was reported through Vaccine Side Effects Reporting System (VAERS), a vaccine safety system administered by the CDC and the FDA.
“We did receive the VAERS report on (Anna’s) case. It was filed by her attending physician, ”wrote a member of the CDC’s Immunization Safety Administration in an email with one of VanGest’s relatives.
“VAERS accepts reports of possible side effects (also called ‘adverse events’) following vaccination. The system is not intended to determine whether a reported adverse event was caused by a vaccine, but serves as an early warning system and helps the CDC and FDA identify areas for further study. When VAERS receives reports of serious illness or death following vaccination, VAERS will contact the hospital where the patient was treated to obtain relevant medical records to better understand the side effect. They usually don’t get in touch with the family. “
Neither the FDA nor the CDC confirmed to News 8 that they are investigating Van Guest’s death.
When Target 8 reached out to Johnson & Johnson last week, it provided a response, but did not directly address the VanGeest case:
“There is no greater priority than the safety and well-being of the people we serve, and we are closely monitoring reports of side effects in people receiving our medications or vaccines. Any report of a person who has received our COVID-19 vaccine and our assessment of this report is shared with the US Food and Drug Administration and other relevant health authorities. It is part of an established process of informing health authorities for comprehensive surveillance programs that monitor the overall safety of medicines and vaccines approved for use against this pandemic. ”
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The VanGest family said she received the vaccine on April 8th. She later developed persistent headache, which is one of the symptoms seen in women under 50 who have had a rare complication of the J&J vaccine.
On April 13, the CDC ordered the suspension of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine after six reports of a “rare and severe type of blood clot” called venous sinus thrombosis, or CVST.
The federal health authorities registered 15 complaints from J&J vaccine recipients – mostly women under 50 – who developed dangerous blood clots. Three were killed. But after more than 8 million doses were administered, the federal health authorities decided last week that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks and canceled the 11-day pause for the injection. Young women worried about the J&J shot might look to purchase Pfizer or Moderna instead.
Anna VanGest’s death certificate lists the type of death as “natural” and the cause as “acute subarachnoid nontraumatic hemorrhage,” which is described as “bleeding in the area between the brain and the delicate tissues that cover it.”
Dr. Jeff Barnes of the University of Michigan, who was not involved in VanGest’s treatment and was unaware of the circumstances of her death, told News 8 that “subarachnoid hemorrhage” could result from a J&J complication.
Barnes explained that federal investigators have found rare cases of blood clotting associated with the J&J vaccine.
“(The patients) had a blood clot in one of the veins leaving the brain, but in addition, they also had very low platelet counts,” he told News 8. “(Low platelets) are one of the factors in the blood, which help it to clot. Thus, these patients were at risk of both bleeding and blood clots. “
Barnes said the patients developed a clotting complication 4 to 28 days after the Johnson & Johnson vaccination.
Symptoms of a potentially fatal complication may include:
- Severe or persistent headaches or blurred vision
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Swelling of the feet
- Constant abdominal pain
- Light bruising or tiny blood spots under the skin outside of the injection site
“It is very important that healthcare professionals know this condition exists, although it is extremely rare. Because we need to know how to step in and diagnose it and how to treat it appropriately, ”said Dr. Barnes, noting that the CDC and the FDA have developed specific steps to help healthcare providers diagnose and treat such cases. …
Metro Health – The University of Michigan announced Monday that it do not administer Johnson & Johnson vaccine to women under 50 “As an additional precaution.”
Barnes noted that the single J&J vaccine is especially beneficial for people who do not have access to health care and may not be able to return for a second dose.
News 8 asked Barnes if he would recommend the J&J vaccine for women under 50.
“If I had a family member, a younger family member, a woman who told me that she was really worried about getting two shots, but would like to get one shot, then I would strongly recommend her to go and get the Johnson vaccine. & Johnson. I think the risk here is extremely small, ”he replied. “The risks associated with contracting COVID-19 and the many different things it can do to our body are much higher. This is something that worries me a lot more, so I would definitely support a family member who told me that they want the Johnson & Johnson vaccine because of convenience or affordability. I will fully support them in this. “
While VanGest lived in Easton, Ionia County, her death certificate was registered in Kent County because she died at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s in Grand Rapids.
BUT GoFundMe Account To help cover the funeral costs and support the family, VanGest says she left four children behind. He recalled her as an animal lover. It says she worked for C-Snip, which is a pet neuter and neuter, and volunteered for Carol’s Ferals.
The VanGest family pleads for confidentiality as they mourn and celebrate the death of their wife and mother.
It has been suggested that memorial contributions on behalf of Annie could be made to C-Snip as well as LuvnPupz Grand Rapids…