DRAPER, Utah — A student from Corner Canyon High School apparently remains in the hospital with serious blood clots, but KSL NewsRadio cannot confirm social media messages suggesting the student suffered them after receiving the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19.
The Salt Lake County Health Department and the Canyons School District confirmed that a vaccination clinic took place at Corner Canyon High School on Wednesday, Apr. 28, 2021. Officials say the clinic only offered the Pfizer vaccine, and only to students 16 and older.
Corner Canyon student fighting blood clots
The student is a member of Corner Canyon’s varsity men’s basketball team, and a Facebook posting apparently from the team’s account offered support from classmates and teammates. Several other postings and comments about the case appear to come from anti-vaccine activists.
KSL could not independently corroborate any connection between the student, the vaccine and the student’s blood clots.
At a news conference held yesterday at University of Utah Healthcare, Doctor Yazan Abou-Ismail was asked about the differences between the Pfizer and Moderna and the Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca vaccines. While the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been linked to the rare occurrence of blood clots in patients, Dr. Abou-Ismail said the two classes of vaccine work very differently.
“The Pfizer and Moderna use the mRNA technology, while the J&J and AstraZeneca use the adenoviral vector. So far, what we’re seeing is that is only occurring with the adenoviral vector vaccines. And what I’m referring to here is this specific syndrome of vaccine-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia and not blood clots in general,” he said.