COUNTY OF IONIA, MI. Ionia’s family mourns the death of his wife and mother after they say she died due to complications from Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccination.
The family of 35-year-old Anna VanGest released a statement after her death on April 19.
“We are deeply saddened to share the news of Anna’s death as a result of complications following Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccination. Ann (Annie), who was 35, was 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-tasker, and caring friend. We ask for privacy for her family as they mourn Annie’s passing and celebrate her life. “
In an email to the VanGest family, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed that her death was reported through the Vaccine Side Effects Reporting System (VAERS) by a healthcare provider. VAERS is a vaccine safety system administered by the CDC and the FDA.
“VAERS accepts reports of possible side effects (also called ‘adverse events’) following vaccination. The system is not designed 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 investigation, ”the CDC explained in an email. “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.”
VanGest died on April 19. According to her family, VanGest received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine 11 days before her death.
The death certificate of VanGest indicated the cause of her death: “acute subarachnoid hemorrhage, nontraumatic.”