Hours after Diane Spears got the single-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on March 27, she felt woozy and lethargic, and it only got worse from there.
Doctors at two hospitals diagnosed the Oxford, Pennsylvania, woman with a blood-clot-induced stroke, but it was too late. She died on April 6.
Spears, 68, had never had a stroke and didn’t have a known heart condition. Her husband, James Spears, suspects his wife is among the very rare cases of people who developed blood clots and suffered a stroke after getting the J&J vaccine.
Spears’ case is among 3,158 claims alleging injuries from COVID-19 interventions since the beginning of the pandemic. Of those claims, 1,357 allege injuries or deaths from COVID-19 vaccine.
None of those claims has been paid, and only two vaccine cases have been rejected.