A hospital worker in Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad died on Sunday within 24 hours of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. The government, however, has claimed that the death of the ward boy Mahipal Singh is unrelated to vaccination and he died of a heart attack.
Notably, the deceased had complained of chest congestion and breathlessness and his family said he was unwell before he took the vaccine.
Following the death, Moradabad’s chief medical officer MC Garg on Sunday told the media that: “Mahipal Singh was vaccinated on Saturday around noon. On Sunday he felt breathless and complained of chest congestion. We are inquiring into the reasons for death. We will get a post mortem done. It does not seem to be a reaction to vaccination. He did night duty on Saturday too and there were no problems.”
Post mortem reveals heart attack
The Uttar Pradesh government said that the post mortem report reveals the immediate cause of death as “cardiogenic shock/septicemic shock” due to “cardio-pulmonary disease”.
The man’s son told the media he may have been unwell before the vaccination, but that he felt worse after receiving the shot.
“My father left the vaccination centre around 1.30 pm, I brought him home. He was feeling breathless and he was coughing. He had a bit of pneumonia, the usual cough and cold, but he started feeling worse after returning home,” Mahipal Singh’s son Vishal told the media.
In a press release, the UP govt said it vaccinated 22,643 people on Saturday, day 1 of India’s COVID-19 Vaccination drive.
447 cases of adverse effects after COVID-19 vaccination
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has said that around 447 cases of adverse effects following immunisation have been reported so far during the pan-India COVID-19 vaccination drive. Majority of these cases had minor side-effects, whereas some of them had to be admitted to hospital for treatment.
Of these seven persons were hospitalised in Akola and Buldana districts of Maharashtra on Sunday after they received Serum Institute’s Covishield vaccine, an official said. The seven recipients complained of body pain and fever, the official added.
The recipients have been admitted at the Government Medical College in Akola, District General Hospital in Buldana and at Deulgaon Raja Hospital in Buldana district, Amravati divisional commissioner Piyush Singh said, adding that they are recovering well and will soon be discharged.
2.24 lakh healthcare workers vaccinated
As per the ministry, a total of 2,24,301 healthcare workers have been inoculated with the COVID-19 vaccine so far. Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the first phase of the vaccination programme on Saturday.
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