A patient in Switzerland has died after receiving the vaccine for Covid-19. Officials won’t release any information, including the gender of the deceased, but their drug regulator insists “they” didn’t die because of the drug. Rather, the 91-year-old resident of Lucerne died because of their “multiple illnesses.” Authorities don’t say if those illnesses included any allergies and swear up and down the series of shots are perfectly safe.
Death NOT linked to vaccine
On Wednesday, Swissmedic, which is the Swiss version of the FDA, announced they don’t see any link at all “between the death of a 91-year old person in the canton of Lucerne.”
They determined that, “as a result of the illness history and disease course, a link between the death and the COVID-19 vaccine was highly unlikely.” The person’s death certificate will list their “previous illnesses” as the “natural cause of death.”
The city of Lucerne was where they rolled out the vaccinations last week. American drug-dealer Pfizer teamed up with Germany’s BioNTech to cook up the miracle medicine, which so far has mostly been passed out to elderly people.
In Switzerland, they have 107,000 doses of the vaccine in stock and expect 250,000 per month to arrive, starting in January.
Another thing that nobody will talk about is how much time “elapsed between the person receiving the shot and when the death occurred.”
So far, Pfizer and BioNTech’s vaccine is the only inoculation approved in the alpine country. In the U.S. and Britain, it’s been approved on an “emergency basis” and already has “conditional marketing approval in the European Union.”
Serious adverse events
While the vaccine is just starting to enter the distribution phase, there have been “tens of thousands” of people injected in clinical trials. The preliminary data shows that just about everyone who gets the sequence of two shots has an adverse reaction to one or both of the injections.
Nearly all of those are nothing more than minor inconvenience, like fatigue, or pain at the injection site.
Swissmedic assures the public that reactions might happen but that doesn’t mean the injections directly caused them. People die all the time. “It is important to note that serious adverse events, including deaths that are unrelated to the vaccine, are unfortunately likely to occur at a similar rate as they would in the general population of elderly and at-risk individuals who are currently being prioritized for vaccination.”
That being said, Pfizer notes “several people have suffered allergic reactions following shots, though those incidents were resolved quickly.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that “some people have experienced severe allergic reactions, also known as anaphylaxis, after getting a COVID-19 vaccine.” They call an allergic reaction serious if you need epinephrine or a trip to the hospital.
The CDC recommends that if you have an allergic reaction to any ingredient of the serum then don’t get the shots. The same applies if you are allergic to other vaccines. Simple food or pet allergies shouldn’t cause concern.
“CDC recommends that people with a history of severe allergic reactions not related to vaccine or injectable medications—such as allergies to food, pet, venom, environmental, or latex—may still get vaccinated.
People with a history of allergies to oral medications or a family history of severe allergic reactions, or who might have an milder allergy to vaccines (no anaphylaxis)—may also still get vaccinated.” They also add, “If you have a severe allergic reaction after getting the first shot, you should not get the second shot.”