MIAMI (AP) – A South Florida doctor who died about two weeks after receiving Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine died in a way categorized as natural, a medical examiner’s office said Wednesday.
Dr. Gregory Michael has passed away from a condition that can cause internal bleeding and there is no medical certainty that the shot caused the disorder, according to an email from Darren Caprara, director of the Miami-Dade County Medical Examinations Operations Department.
Michael’s death was investigated by the Florida Department of Health and the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Autopsy samples were sent to the CDC.
“Scientific and clinical expertise on vaccine safety, immunology, infectious diseases, hematology, pathology and laboratory sciences were part of the investigation team or were consulted frequently,” Caprara said.
The investigation team concluded that Michael had died from complications of immune thrombocytopenia, otherwise known as ITP, a disorder that can prevent blood clotting and cause internal bleeding. Michael died in January from the disorder more than two weeks after the shooting.
Michael, 56, was an obstetrician with a private practice at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach.