Seattle woman’s death linked to J&J COVID vaccine, health officials say

A 37-year-old Seattle woman who grew up in the Portland area and graduated from Oregon State University has become the fourth person believed to have died in the United States from a rare blood clotting complication linked to Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, according to her family and Washington health officials.

The Washington State Department of Health and Public Health – Seattle & King County said Tuesday in separate statements that they believe the woman died of the complication described as “thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome,” which is also known as “vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT).”

Although neither state nor county officials identified the woman by name, her age “in her late 30s,” date of death and county of residence match information in an obituary published by The Oregonian/OregonLive for Jessica Berg Wilson.

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