A healthy 28-year-old woman in Indiana died unexpectedly at her home on Jan. 21, 2021 two days after receiving an experimental mRNA (messenger ribonucleic acid) biologic for COVID-19. The deceased, Haley Link Brinkmeyer, PhD worked as a physical therapist at the North River Health Campus senior living community in Evansville.1 2 3
North River Health Campus reportedly hosted three COVID-19 vaccine clinics at around the time of Dr. Brinkmeyer’s death.1 On Jan. 20, the facility posted the following announcement:
We were honored to be able to hold our first of three COVID Vaccine clinics today! Appropriately themed “Shots of Hope,” our halls were adorned with all of the colors of the rainbow. Residents and staff alike rolled up their sleeves to do their part to slow the spread of this terrible virus. “Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.”1 3 4
It is unclear whether Dr. Brinkmeyer, who was vaccinated on Jan. 19, was vaccinated at one of those clinics. It is also not clear if the biologic she received was the Pfizer/BioNTech BNT162b2 biologic or Moderna’s mRNA-1273.3 BNT162b2 and mRNA-1273 are the only two mRNA biologics authorized for emergency use (EUA) in the United States by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).5 6
A third COVID-19 biologic—Johnson & Johnson’s Ad26.COV2.S—has been granted EUA status by the FDA, but it utilizes a human advenovirus vector technology and is not based on mRNA technology.7
According to a news report, no causal link has been established between Dr. Brinkmeyer’s death and her vaccination.2
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1 Delaney P. 28-year-old physical therapist dies two days after taking COVID vaccine. Life Site News Mar. 12, 2021.
2 Roberts K. Former beauty queen and physical therapist, 28, dies two days after receiving Covid jab. Daily Star Mar. 13, 2021.
3 Schrader A. Physical therapist, 28, working at a senior living facility in Indiana dies two days after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Daily Mail Mar. 13, 2021.
4 Reeves C. North River Health Campus. Facebook Jan. 20, 2021.
5 Press release. FDA Takes Key Action in Fight Against COVID-19 By Issuing Emergency Use Authorization for First COVID-19 Vaccine. U.S. Food and Drug Administration Dec. 11, 2021.
6 Press release. FDA Takes Additional Action in Fight Against COVID-19 By Issuing Emergency Use Authorization for Second COVID-19 Vaccine. FDA Dec. 18, 2021.
7 Press release. FDA Issues Emergency Use Authorization for Third COVID-19 Vaccine. FDA Feb. 27, 2021.