65-year-old man dies after taking first jab of Covidshield vaccine in Mumbai
A 65-year-old Goregaon resident collapsed within minutes of receiving the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at Millat Nursing Home, Jogeshwari, on Monday and passed away one-and-half-hours later in ICU.
This is the first vaccine-related death reported from the city. However, the civic authorities have said that this incident cannot be taken as just an incident related to the coronavirus vaccines, and a probe will be initiated soon into the death case.
“The man had several comorbidities including dilated cardiomyopathy (wherein the pumping capacity of the heart goes down), severe hypertension, diabetes and also left ventricular dysfunction,” BMC said in a statement.
The man was administered the vaccine at 3.37pm at the Jogeshwari centre, where he collapsed in a chair soon after. Civic officials said he reached the centre at 3.30pm and was injected with 0.5ml dose of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine Covishield intramuscularly.
Another civic official said the man was administered injection Adrenaline that is given in cases of acute reaction following vaccination and immediately shifted to ICU, where he passed away at 5.05 pm.
Across India, over 40 deaths following immunisation have been reported, although according to the Centre, none was caused by the vaccine itself. Last week, a 40-year-old health worker from Bhiwandi died shortly after getting the second dose.
India entered the second phase of mass immunization against the novel coronavirus earlier last month. Those who are above 45 and are with comorbidities are being vaccinated in this phase. In the statement, the government had listed 20 comorbidities that can qualify a person for getting the covid-19 vaccine shot. That list includes diabetes, severe valvular heart disease, hypertension, etc.