College student John Foley was found dead by his roommates on Sunday, one day after he received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine.
Foley passed away unexpectedly. But right now it is not confirmed that his death was related to the shot he received. The death of the University of Cincinnati student is being investigated by the Ohio Department and the coroner’s office, according to the New York Post.
While the public wants answers about his death, his family asks for patience. “We know the doctors involved are doing their best,” they said in a statement. “We must be patient, and we ask everyone else to be patient, too. John was going to be a doctor, so this is what he would want.”
According to Cleveland.com, the statement was made in response to Alex Berenson, a writer who used his social media account to share information about Foley’s death. Berenson released private messages from Foley’s mother, which confirmed that the family suspects a “bad Covid-19 vaccination reaction” as the cause of John’s death.
“We understand many want to know more about his death – we do, too – but we ask people to understand that this is the time for our family to grieve in private,” the statement said.
Foley’s death has sparked more fear about the J&J vaccine. The U.S. government recommended a pause for the single-dose Covid-19 vaccine on Tuesday, with reports of potentially dangerous blood clots potentially linked to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
WTRF reported that there is no proven correlation between the two, but the CDC is looking into the situation to ensure the safety of the vaccine.
John Foley’s death is not the only severe reaction to occur after receiving the J&J vaccine. A Mississippi man was left paralyzed on one side and unable to talk after he received the shot.
Other reactions have been reported, as well. A Colorado vaccine site closed after 13 people suffered adverse reactions to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and two of those people were taken to the hospital for further observation. Symptoms include nausea and dizziness.
A report by Cleveland.com claims that over 6.8 million people have received the J&J vaccine, with only six people reportedly having a blood-clotting problem – a figure fewer than one in one million. Nevertheless, the United States has paused all use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine until there is a thorough investigation.