Summarised by Centrist
Garrett Utting, a healthy 30-year-old, died in December 2021, three weeks after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine—a step he had been hesitant to take.
Despite a detailed postmortem examination, the cause of death was labelled ‘unascertained’ by the coroner, who ruled out a vaccine link without extensive testing for vaccine components.
NZDSOS notes that, in their view, this was in error as the “absence of evidence is not evidence of absence”.
The coroner does not need to comment on circumstances surrounding the death (Utting received a vaccine weeks before his death) due to recent changes in the Coroner’s Act.
The family’s requests for further investigation, including testing for spike protein, were declined.
NZDSOS asks how Kiwis can be confident in official numbers of vaccine-related deaths recorded considering the lack of transparency and thoroughness of vaccine safety monitoring and investigating post-vaccination deaths.