Uttar Pradesh health worker dies day after getting coronavirus vaccine

Marco Green
January 18, 2021

Speaking to the media, the man's son Vishal said his father may have been unwell before the vaccination, but that he felt worse after receiving the shot. The ward boy, Mahipal Singh, reportedly complained of breathlessness and unease, especially in the chest after taking a jab of covishield, the Serum Institute of India's COVID-19 vaccine. He had complained of breathlessness and tightness in the chest.

The post mortem report of Singh revealed the immediate cause of his death as "cardiogenic shock/septicemic shock" due to "cardio-pulmonary disease", said the report citing UP government sources.

"It appears that Mahipal was suffering from a cardiac disease", he said.

According to the report, the ward boy, identified as Mahipal Singh, was vaccinated on January 16. We are inquiring into the reasons of the death. The top medical officer of Moradabad added this isn't related to the vaccine as the healthcare worker did night duty after receiving the shot and had no problems.

The chief medical officer admitted that some of those inoculated had been "facing general problems but not like Mahipal". According to him, Singh had usual cough and cold, but he started feeling worse after returning home from the vaccination centre. "He was feeling breathless and he was coughing", said Vishal.

"After the vaccination, he developed a fever and felt a heaviness in breathing". The Additional Secretary of the Union Health Ministry Manohar Agnani said out of the 447 adverse events following immunisation, only three required hospitalisations.

Singh's family members also stated that he had never had any cardiac problem and he was quite healthy except for the fever and cough, PTI reported.

In a press release, the Uttar Pradesh government said that it vaccinated 22,643 people on Saturday, the first day of India's Covid Vaccination drive.

"My father was not suffering from corona even when he performed his duty properly during the pandemic", his son said. He was working as a ward boy at the Moradabad District Hospital.

"The case of Mahipal is exceptional and a high-level medical inquiry will be ordered", he said.

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