X-ray technologist dies after receiving second dose of COVID-19 vaccine

(Radiology Business) A California x-ray technologist died recently after receiving his second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, according to published reports. 

Tim Zook was brimming with optimism back on Jan. 5, sharing a picture of his vaccination card and bandaged arm. But the 60-year-old rad tech later started experiencing trouble breathing and an upset stomach. A COVID test came up false, but his condition worsened, leading to Zook being induced into a comma and placed on a ventilator Jan. 7 at UC Irvine Medical Center. 

After several “code blue” alerts, Zook died on Jan. 9, the Orange County Register reported. The county coroner said the cause of death is currently inconclusive, with toxicology screenings expected to take months. He was slightly overweight and suffered from high blood pressure, managing the latter with medications for years, his wife told the newspaper. But the sexagenarian was otherwise healthy and had never been hospitalized, Rochelle Zook said.