Day after jab, man dies in UP; vaccine did not cause death, says Govt

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Day after jab, man dies in UP; vaccine did not cause death, says Govt

Tuesday, 19 January 2021 | PNS/Agency | Moradabad/ Lucknow/New Delhi

After a 46-year-old health worker died in Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad district a day after receiving the coronavirus vaccination, the family blamed his death on vaccination on Monday. However, the autopsy report attributing the death to “cardio-pulmonary disease”, officials said on Monday.

Meanwhile, nearly 3,600 healthcare workers received the Covid-19 vaccine shots in Delhi on Monday, a further dip in the figures compared to that on opening day of the immunisation drive, with sources saying just eight medical staff got the jabs at AIIMS.

The family of Mahipal, who was working as ward boy in State-run Deen Dayal Upadhaya Hospital in Moradabad, said he was not suffering from any ailment other than fever and cough, and blamed his death on vaccination. However, the UP Government said the man died due to septicemic shock and cardiac arrest and the death was not related to the Covid-19 vaccination.

Day after jab, man dies in UP; vaccine did not cause death, says Govt

"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 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 country-wide vaccination drive against the pandemic.

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

"The case of Mahipal is exceptional and a high-level medical inquiry will be ordered," he said while asserting that the vaccines are fully safe and no major side effects have been reported among others vaccinated.

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.

He said some employees were suffering from fever after taking the shots. "They were facing general problems but not like Mahipal," he said.

Mahipal's son Vishal said his father called him to the hospital as he was having breathing difficulty.

"My father was suffering from cough, but after vaccination he had a fever and felt a heaviness in breathing. On Sunday, he was admitted in the Government hospital where he expired at night," he said.

Mahipal's family members claimed that he never had any cardiac problem and was "quite healthy except for the fever and cough". "My father did not suffer from corona even when he performed his duty properly during the pandemic," his son said.

Under the nationwide mega vaccination drive launched on Saturday, a total of 4,319 (53 per cent) health workers against a target of 8,117 were administered the vaccines at 81 centres across the city.

The sharp fall comes after one severe and 50 minor cases were reported, following the vaccination drive on Saturday.  Various reasons are being attributed to the low turnout, including some technical issues and fears related to adverse events.

However, the Government has maintained that no case of serious/severe AEFI (adverse events following immunisation) is attributable to vaccination till date.

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