A 43-year old worker died two days after he was given the Covid-19 vaccine on January 16. The man developed chest pain on January 18 after which he collapsed on the floor and died.
The worker identified as Nagaraju arrived in the government hospital of Ballari where he was employed to work on January 18. A statement released by the Karanataka health department read: “He suddenly complained about chest pain and collapsed on the floor in the morning. The doctors immediately referred him to the Jindal Sanjeevani hospital for further treatment. However, he could not be saved. Issuing a statement on his death, the state health department released a statement that read, He was admitted to Jindal Sanjeevani Hospital at 11.15am. Highest level of treatment was provided, but he couldn’t be saved.” He was vaccinated on January 16, the same day when the man from UP was also given the vaccine.
This development comes after the death of another 52-year-old who died two days after he was given the vaccine in Uttar Pradesh. Referring to the death of Nagaraju, the statement clarified that, “None of the other health care workers who took the vaccine from the same vial had any adverse events. The district-level AEFI Committee met and had detailed discussions. The conclusion is that the death was due to cardio respiratory arrest secondary to sacute antereo septal wall MI.”
While the post-mortem report of Nagaraju is still awaited, the additional secretary, ministry of health and family ministry, Manohar Agnani claimed that, “He was vaccinated on Jan 16 and died today. The cause of death is anterior wall infarction with Cardiopulmonary failure. The post mortem is scheduled today at Vijayanagar Institute of Medical Sciences, Bellary, Karnataka.”
The Karnataka health department added that no abnormalities were observed in Nagaraju till 24 hours after he took the vaccine shot. The Medical officer of the Sundur hospital, “Nagaraju’s body has been sent to the Vijayanagara Institute of Medical Sciences in Ballari. Once we get the report, we can know the exact reason of his death.”
Meanwhile, the Union health ministry issued a statement on Monday that read, ”Death of the Uttar Pradesh resident is not related to vaccination; post-mortem is planned today for the second person.”