NEWPORT, VA (February 5, 2021)—A Virginia female minister died shortly after she received a coronavirus vaccination, authorities said Friday. Drene Keyes, 58, received her Pfizer vaccine at a clinic in Warsaw, which is about 80 miles north of Newport News, before falling ill, according to Warsaw police Chief Kent.
“Preliminary findings indicate that the cause of death was not anaphylaxis, but it will take several weeks for additional information to become available,” according to state officials.
“We can confirm that the death occurred within hours of having received the vaccine, but that is not evidence of it being related. We are currently investigating and do not yet know the cause of death.”
“Our thoughts are with the family during this heartbreaking time,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement. “CDC continues to closely monitor the safety of all vaccines, and we are actively working with Virginia officials to fully investigate the situation.”
The final cause of death is unknown and is speculative since it will take several days for test to be completed for the autopsy.