2 die after receiving COVID vaccine

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Moradabad/Lucknow/Delhi: At least two persons have died after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine in India. However, the deaths are not related to the vaccination itself, the Centre clarified on Monday.

A 46-year-old health worker died in Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad district, while the second death reported is of a 43-year-old man from Bellary in Karnataka.

The 46-year-old health worker died a day after receiving the coronavirus vaccine on January 16, with the autopsy report attributing the death to “cardio-pulmonary disease”, officials said on Monday.

The Bellary resident was vaccinated on January 16 and died on Monday. The cause of his death is anterior wall infarction with cardiopulmonary failure. The postmortem was scheduled on Monday at Vijayanagar Institute of Medical Sciences, Bellary, Karnataka, Manohar Agnani, additional secretary in the Ministry of Health, said.

The family of the UP health worker Mahipal, who was working as ward boy in state-run Deen Dayal Upadhaya Hospital, said he was not suffering from any ailment other than fever and cough, and blamed his death on vaccination.

But the Uttar Pradesh government said the man died due to septicemic shock and cardiac arrest and the death was not related to the COVID-19 vaccination.

“An adverse event following immunisation (AEFI) committee probed the death of the man in Moradabad. The cause of death was septicemic shock and cardiac arrest and it has nothing to do with the vaccination,” the state’s additional chief secretary (Health) Amit Mohan Prasad told reporters in Lucknow.

He said that some persons were spreading false news regarding the vaccine and vaccinations, and people should not trust them. “The two vaccines (Covishield and Covaxin) used in the country are safe,” Prasad added.

A total of 20,076 healthcare workers got their first jabs in UP on Saturday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a countrywide vaccination drive against the pandemic.

After Mahipal died on Sunday night, Moradabad District Magistrate Rakesh Singh said that a high-level medical inquiry would be held.

Chief Medical Officer Milind Chandra Garg said the cause of death was a cardiac problem. “Deceased Mahipal’s heart was found enlarged and it had blood clots, according to the postmortem report,” he said. The report of the postmortem, conducted by three doctors, stated that the death was caused by “cardio-pulmonary disease” and there was “no relation with corona vaccine”, the CMO said.