A man in his 70s died on Feb. 7, 2021 in Manhattan, New York just 25 minutes after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. The deceased, whose name has not been released to the public, collapsed suddenly as he was leaving the Jacob Javits Convention Center, where he was vaccinated, and was quickly taken by senior care attendants to an area hospital where he died.1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
“Initial indications are that the man did not have any allergic reaction to the vaccine,” according to New York state health commissioner Howard Zucker, MD. The man had reportedly waited the required 15 minutes observation after the vaccination, “where he exhibited no adverse reactions or any distress.” Dr. Zucker said.3 9
It is unclear which of the two experimental COVID-19 vaccines allowed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) the deceased had been given—Moderna’s mRNA-1273 vaccine or Pfizer/BioNTech’s BNT162b2—and there has been no confirmation the vaccine caused the man’s death.
“Until we know more about a detailed medical history of this patient, or one or two others that have had something similar happen, we won’t really know what caused it,” Dr. Zucker said.
The Javits Center is one of three “mega” COVID-19 mass vaccination facilities opened (and operated) by the state of New York on Jan. 13, 2021. “We have transformed the convention center in what will be the largest mass vaccination site possibly in the country,” said Michael Kopy, director of emergency management for New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo.10
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1 CBS New York. Elderly Man Dies Shortly After Receiving COVID Vaccine At Javits Center. YouTube Feb. 8, 2021.
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4 Eyewitness News. Man in 70s dies after NYC vaccination, not believed to be reaction. ABC 7 New York Feb. 8, 2021.
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8 Rivas K. New York man gets COVID-19 vaccine, dies soon after: official. Fox News Feb. 8, 2021.
9 Sundstrum M. Man in 70s collapses, dies after getting COVID vaccine in NY: Officials saw no sign of allergic reaction. WPIX, Nexstar Media Wire Feb. 8, 2021.
10 Roberts G, Hicks N, Musumeci N. Javits Center opens mass COVID-19 vaccine site, may be largest in the country. New York Post Jan. 13, 2021.