CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Department of Health (DOH) started a probe on the death of four family members who died separately two weeks after vaccination, a health official here said Friday.
Dr. Jerry Calingasan, Chair of the Misamis Oriental Inter-Agency Task Force COVID-19, said that the DOH has yet to release an official result of the cause of death of the family members composed of two couples.
The two couples lived in a separate house in a compound along a coastal village in the municipal town of Laguindingan, about 35 kilometers west of here.
He said that the first couple (the daughter and husband son-in-law) got vaccinated on July 26, 2021 while the parent-couple got the jab on July 27, 2021.
Calingasan said that the health officials monitored and took note of the details narrated by the couple-family-members from the day they were inoculated with Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Covid-19 vaccine .
On August 1, 2021, the partner of the first couple died. A swab test found the victim positive of COVID-19.
A neighbor told the Mindanao Daily News that the first to die was the 35-year-old daughter of the parent-couple. The husband or son-in-law, 37, died on August 6, 2021.
One of the partners of the parent-couple died in the hospital three days after admission on August 8, 2021.
The other was transported and declared dead on arrival in Amai Pakpak in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, after hospitals in Misamis Oriental were already full.
Calingasan said that “based on my personal investigation, the couples did not die because of the vaccines. All of them have co-morbidities and were taking the same medicines.”
Calingasan, however, said that his personal findings were not conclusive until the DOH released official result of the death of the family members. -0-