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Sask. woman dies allegedly after COVID booster: Daughter in shock

A witness told SASKTODAY.ca that people in the drug store were screaming and crying

SASKATOON – A Saskatoon woman is in shock after her mother died suddenly in a drug store allegedly within minutes of receiving her COVID-19 booster shot on Sept. 14.

On Thursday, Stephanie Foster told SASKTODAY.ca that her mother Carol Pearce was visiting her at her home on the morning of Sept. 14 in Saskatoon until it was time for her appointment.

“Her, myself and her granddaughter were laughing and having a great time,” Foster told SASKTODAY.ca. “Our last time together. My mom left my house looking amazing!”

Pearce left for her booster shot and that would be the last time her daughter and granddaughter would see her.

“She text me at 12:31 p.m. and said she was waiting her 15 min,” said Foster. “At 12:38 p.m. she was unconscious in [the drug store].”

SASKTODAY.ca tracked down a witness to the alleged event and she recounted what she heard and saw.  We have agreed to let the witness remain anonymous and call her Heather as she fears losing her job. 

Heather told SASKTODAY.ca that she was in the store when she heard screaming and crying.

“People started screaming,” she said.

“People were crying, just about everybody that worked there was crying and freaking and hugging each other and just losing their [sh**],” Heather told SASKTODAY.ca.

“They were saying in the store that it was about seven minutes,” after Pearce got the booster shot that she collapsed on the floor, said Heather.

“It wasn’t long at all before the ambulance was there,” she said.

Death was natural causes: Sask Health

A spokesperson from Saskatchewan Health told SASKTODAY.ca on Thursday that Pearce’s death was from natural causes.

“The Saskatchewan coroner's service has investigated this instance and determined that the person died from natural causes,” Dale Hunter, communications consultant from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health said in an email Thursday.

Foster, however, disagrees.              

“I do not believe this was caused from natural causes. My Mom had no health conditions. I believe had she not gotten that Covid shot then she would be here with us today!

“She left for her appointment happy and energetic,” said Foster.

Foster added the doctor informed the Pearce family that she “dropped dead before she hit the floor” in the drug store.

Foster and Pearce have been pro-vaccine, getting all of the required COVID-19 shots. In fact, Foster posted a photo in July 2021, saying that she “Stuck it to covid” and said she was fully vaccinated.

Hunter told SASKTODAY.ca that as of Sept. 18 there have been zero deaths due to immunizations reported in Saskatchewan.

“In the event of a reaction to any vaccine, residents are advised to speak with their primary health care provider or call 9-1-1 in an emergency,” said Hunter.

Vigil planned for Pearce family

Flowers, teddy bears, and notes of condolences have been placed in front of the drug store where Carol Pearce died.

A vigil for the Pearce family will be held Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. in front of the drug store in Saskatoon. Mark Friesen, the official Buffalo Party candidate for Saskatoon-Meewasin by-election, will speak at the vigil at approximately 1:30.

Rylan Gent has started a gofundme page for the Pearce family to help with funeral costs. As of Thursday, there has been $1,645 raised towards the $5,000 goal.

Hunter pointed out that an “Adverse Event” following immunization (AEFI) can be any untoward medical occurrence that follows immunization. When a patient, resident or healthcare worker experiences or observes an AEFI, immunizing staff and physicians have a legal obligation to report the event to the medical health officer. 

In Saskatchewan, AEFIs are then posted publicly at: https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine/covid-19-vaccine-information/covid-19-vaccine-details/adverse-events-following-immunization-for-covid-19.

MLA calls for inquiry

Today, Saskatchewan Rivers MLA Nadine Wilson called on the provincial government to open an independent public inquiry into all aspects of how Covid-19 was handled in this province.

Wilson said she is “astonished” at the recent report on the [other media websites] that there have been no deaths recorded by the government related to COVID vaccine in Saskatchewan.

“There are seven vaccine-related deaths reported according to the Saskatchewan Health Authority’s (SHA) own information which I published on my website on Aug. 23.” said Wilson. “In that report, there are 1,229 adverse reactions documented, many of them life threatening such as Anaphylaxis, Myocarditis, Pericarditis and a host of others. Just as shocking, in many cases, the patients were still scheduled for more boosters even after their reactions. This is not the standard we have allowed for any other vaccine in history.

“Is there a disconnect between the government and the Saskatchewan Health Authority?” asked Wilson, “Or are they intentionally trying to hide information that the public has a right to know about. It is the duty of government to make sure citizens know what the true risks are. Promoting these shots as ‘safe and effective’ while people are acquiring and then suffering from life-altering conditions is disingenuous at best, and potentially criminal.”

The SHA report was obtained through a request by Randy Schiller under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. An analysis of the report by an experienced Canadian physician with training in virology, public health and data analysis, is also available. Both may be found at https://nadinewilson.ca/?p=702 .

Story updated to reflect comments from MLA Nadine Wilson

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