The Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating the death of a doctor who died about two weeks after receiving a dosage of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.
Dr. Gregory Michael developed a severe case of thrombocytopenia — a rare disorder that The New York Times reported can decrease the blood platelet count and reduce the body’s ability to clot blood and stop internal bleeding — 16 days after receiving the vaccine, according to The Associated Press.
The 56-year-old obstetrician, who had a private practice at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, died on Jan. 3.
Samples from the Florida physician’s autopsy conducted last week were sent to the CDC, according to the director of operations for the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner Department, Darren Caprara.
Caprara told the AP that the “cause of death is pending the completion of studies” by the medical examiner