NEWS & ANALYSIS

Michigan Teen Dies in His Sleep Days After Getting COVID-19 Vaccine


While many 13-year-olds are spending the summer preparing for the new journey that is high school, Michigan teen Jacob Clynick unfortunately won’t get that chance.

Just three days after receiving his second dose of the Pfizer vaccine in June, Jacob died in his sleep. According to a report, the CDC has opened an investigation into his death and whether or not it was related to the vaccine. 

As reported by the New York Post, Jacob was healthy and had no underlying health conditions. In the two days following inoculation, Jacob experienced normal side effects: fatigue and fever. 

However, on June 15, two nights after receiving the second dose, Jacob complained of a stomach ache before going to sleep. 

“He passed away in the middle of the night at home,” Tammy Burages, his aunt, said. 

The county health department in Michigan confirmed the CDC’s investigation. While the medical examiner performed an autopsy, a cause of death has not yet been pinpointed. 

“The investigation as to whether there is a correlation between his death and vaccination is now at the federal level with CDC,” the Saginaw County Health Department Medical Director said in a statement. 

“Meanwhile, the health department continues to encourage families to speak with their physicians to weigh their own risks and benefits of vaccination.” 

“If there are factors that can make it riskier for some kids (to get a vaccine), I hope health officials can figure out what those are,” his aunt said.