UDOH/OME: No deaths from COVID-19 vaccine
Mar 18, 2021, 2:03 PM | Updated: 2:14 pm
(Laura Seitz, Deseret News)
SALT LAKE CITY– After an investigation, the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) and the Office of the Medical Examiner (OME) concluded there have been no deaths caused by the COVID-19 vaccine in Utah.
“The Office of the Medical Examiner has completed investigations into reported deaths where the decedent had recently received the COVID-19 vaccine,” read a joint statement from the UDOH and OME. “The OME has determined there have been NO DEATHS caused by the COVID-19 vaccines to date in Utah.”
The release went on to say the OME will investigate any death “that fall under its jurisdiction where decedents had recently received the COVID-19 vaccine.”
Both agencies state the authorized COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. “They [the vaccines] are how we will end this pandemic,” said UDOH and OME.
Additionally, UDOH and OME say they are carefully tracking the side effects of those who have been vaccinated.
“Public confidence in the COVID-19 vaccine is critical, and providing absolute transparency on the vaccine’s side effects is our goal. ”
How To Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus
COVID-19 coronaviruses transmitted from person to person. It is a virus that is similar to the common cold and the flu. So, to prevent it from spreading:
- Wash hands frequently and thoroughly, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.
- Wear a mask.
- Don’t touch your face.
- Keep children and those with compromised immune systems away from someone who is coughing or sneezing (in this instance, at least six feet)
- If there is an outbreak near you, practice social distancing (stay at home, instead of going to the movies, sports events, or other activities.)
- Get a flu shot.
- Get vaccinated.
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