UP Health Worker Dies Day After Jab, Official Says Unrelated To Vaccine

By SM .18 Jan, 2021





BAREILLY: A 46-year-old ward boy at the district hospital in UP’s Moradabad district, one of the health workers to have received a jab of Covishield on Saturday, died a day later following complaints of "breathlessness and unease, especially in the chest."

The post mortem report reveals the immediate cause of death as "cardiogenic shock/septicemic shock" due to "cardio-pulmonary disease", according to the Uttar Pradesh government.

"He was vaccinated on Saturday around noon. On Sunday he felt breathless and complained of chest congestion. We are inquiring into the reasons of the 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," MC Garg, Moradabad"s chief medical officer, told reporters late last night.

Nearly 479 health workers were vaccinated in Moradabad district on the first day of the vaccination drive in Moradabad. Mahipal"s family said he had never tested positive for Covid-19 and was immunised as a part of the national drive.

Mahipal’s son Vishal said, “My father was not doing well after the vaccination. He asked me to come to the hospital in an an auto to take him back home as he couldn’t ride his two-wheeler after that. I reached there at around 1.30 pm and his condition had already worsened. He wasn"t behaving as he normally would. He was short of breath. Some days ago, maybe a fortnight, I think he had mild fever. I brought him home and he was given tea and asked to take rest. On Sunday, while I was out for work, I came to know that my father’s condition had deteriorated and he was taken to hospital where he was declared dead. I feel it was the side effects of the vaccination.”

In a press release, the UP govt said it vaccinated 22,643 people on Saturday, day 1 of India"s Covid Vaccination drive. The next day of vaccination in Uttar Pradesh is Friday, January 22.