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Gloucester woman’s death sparks concerns over vaccinations

Lisa Jones of Gloucester wants people with health issues to check with their doctor before receiving theCOVID-19 vaccine. Her mother, Drene Keyes of Gloucester, received the Pfizer vaccine at a vaccine clinic in Tappahannock on Jan. 30, and within 30 minutes she had developed a reaction to the shot. She later died.

Jones, who was not with her mother at the time but has since talked with those who were, including the emergency room doctor who cared for her mother, the director of the vaccine clinic, and a friend of her mother, said that Keyes had just walked out of the clinic to get in the car with her friend when she began having trouble breathing. Workers at the clinic administered epinephrine, the drug used for an allergic reaction, and Keyes began vomiting. They administered a second dose, but to no avail. As EMS personnel were helping Keyes on to the stretcher to take her to the hospital, she became unresponsive, said Jones.

Jones, who is a biology professor at Rappahannock ...

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