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Probe shows no link between COVID-19 vaccine and death of 13-year-old Saginaw County boy

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Jacob Clynick vaccine death

Jacob Clynick, 13, died in June 2021 three days after receiving his second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, but medical investigators concluded there was no link between the vaccine and his death.

SAGINAW COUNTY, Mich. (WJRT) - An investigation has been completed into the death of a 13-year-old Saginaw boy who died a few days after receiving his second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Jacob Clynick died last June and a number of agencies, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, investigated his death to see whether the vaccine played any role.

It was an extensive investigation that took quite some time, but they found no evidence that there was any relationship between the vaccine and the Clynick's death.

Clynick, who lived in Zilwaukee, had just finished eighth grade and was about to become a high school freshman last fall.

He died in his sleep in his bedroom on June 16. Just three days earlier, he had received his second Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a Walgreens, which raised questions about a relationship to the vaccine administered.

The Michigan Institute of Forensic Science and Medicine, which had a death investigation services contract with Saginaw County at that time, conducted an initial investigation, along with law enforcement.

A press release from current Saginaw County Medical Examiner, Dr. Russell Bush, who was with MIFSM at the time of the teenager's death, indicates Clynick's and his family's past and recent medical histories were reviewed.

A complete forensic and medical autopsy was completed.

MIFSM met with infections disease research scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who received all data and information that had been gathered.

In the end, the CDC and local investigators concluded that there was no evidence of a causal relationship between vaccine administration and Clynick's death. An exact cause of his death was never determined.

Don Clynick, who is Jacob's grandfather, said he remains firmly convinced  that the Pfizer vaccine is what triggered his grandson's death.


Terry Camp anchors ABC12 News First at Four and ABC12 News at 5:30. He also reports on issues in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

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