Although TrialSite just reported on the temporary halt of COVID-19 vaccinations ordered by the U.S. Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in association with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, unfortunately and tragically a young and incredibly promising student lost his life, apparently just 24 hours after receiving the experimental, but authorized vaccine. John Francis Foley, a National Honor Society pre-med student at University of Cincinnati, evidently received the viral vector-based COVID-19 vaccine produced by Johnson & Johnson on April 10, just two days prior to the temporary halt. The student shared on his Facebook page that he felt ill on the evening after his vaccination. Going to sleep in the hopes of feeling better, report accounts, the 21-year old never woke up, according to one source. Tweets from what appears to be the parents indicate that his death could possibly be linked to the vaccination. However, this cannot be declared without substantial medical evidence that in fact there was a link.
TrialSite notes that this young promising student had the world ahead of him. Making the Dean’s list every semester, he volunteered at several organizations. A number of people have sent TrialSite accounts or reports of illness post the vaccination but nothing that severe. However, the fact that the FDA and CDC have at least temporarily halted the vaccinations is telling that their concern for serious adverse events involving blood clotting is serious.
John Francis Foley was an impressive young man representing the future. It’s not clear nor proven that the experimental but FDA emergency authorized vaccine was the cause of his death. That finding must be determined by the experts.
Call to Action: TrialSite will monitor this situation and others reported to us of purported reactions to the vaccine. Again, there are millions of vaccinations, and from time to time, a serious health event can occur that appears to be related yet is not to the inoculation. However, with such a young, seemingly healthy man, the timing is of material interest for investigation. Regardless, it’s a tragic loss for the family and our society.