The Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner is currently investigating a Florida doctor's death weeks after he received the COVID-19 vaccine.
Darren Caprara, director of operations at the medical examiner's office, reported that his office is working with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Florida Department of Health to investigate Dr. Gregory Michael, a physician in Miami.
A spokesperson for the CDC confirmed that the organization "is aware of a reported death in Florida of an individual who received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine about two weeks before passing away."
Public records confirm that the doctor was 56. His public website stated that he was an obstetrician/gynecologist "in private practice at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach for the last 15 years."
Caprara said Michael received the vaccine on Dec. 19 and died "late January 3 into the 4th." Shortly after, an autopsy was conducted, and the cause of death will be released after completing studies by the medical examiner and partner agencies.
Pfizer released a statement and also said it was investigating.
"Pfizer and BioNTech are aware of the death of a healthcare professional sixteen days after receiving a first dose" of the vaccine, Pfizer said in a statement. "It is a highly unusual clinical case of severe thrombocytopenia, a condition that decreases the body's ability to clot blood and stop internal bleeding," it added.
"We are actively investigating this case, but we don't believe at this time that there is any direct connection to the vaccine," the company said in the statement.
"There have been no related safety signals identified in our clinical trials, the post-marketing experience thus far or with the mRNA vaccine platform. To date, millions of people have been vaccinated and we are closely monitoring all adverse events in individuals receiving our vaccine. It is important to note that serious adverse events, including deaths that are unrelated to the vaccine are unfortunately likely to occur at a similar rate as they would in the general population."
The CDC reported that more than 5.3 million people had received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine in the United States.
Both Pfizer and the CDC said their thoughts were with the family.
Mount Sinai Medical Center said in a statement that, due to medical privacy laws, it "cannot confirm or deny information about any patient. To the extent that we are aware of an incident involving any patient, the appropriate agencies are contacted immediately and have our full cooperation."