Health Unit says nothing to suggest COVID vaccine had anything to do with Beeton teen’s death

Social media rumours put to rest by medical officer of health

The region’s top medical official addressed rumours surrounding a Beeton teen’s death, saying there is nothing to suggest it was in connection to a recent COVID vaccine.

A 17-year-old teen from Beeton passed away suddenly on September 27. Since his death, rumours have circulated on social media that he died as a result of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

“The individual had received a dose of vaccination more than a month before passing away,” said Dr. Charles Gardner, medical officer of health for the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. “There was nothing in his history or medical records to suggest an adverse reaction of significance or myocarditis, despite what may be portrayed on social media.”

“There were some social media at play, positioning that this individual had developed symptoms and had been very ill shortly after having received their vaccination. And in fact, that was not the case,” continued Gardner, who confirmed the teen had received one Pfizer dose.

“We are following with the chief coroner’s office in that investigation. It will take several weeks to complete,” said Gardner. “There’s nothing in the investigation to date to suggest that there is a causal association between that person having received immunization and his unfortunate passing.”

“I would very much like to express my condolences to the family for your loss. Truly, very sad,” he added.