A Portuguese nurse, who had no prior health conditions, has died two days after getting the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine.
Sonia Acevedo, 41, who worked in paediatrics at the Portuguese Institute of Oncology in Porto, had not suffered any adverse side effects after being vaccinated.
Acevedo’s employers confirmed she had been vaccinated against coronavirus on December 30 and said they had not been notified of any ‘undesirable effect’ when she was jabbed or in the hours afterwards.
The Portuguese Institute of Oncology said in a statement: ‘With regards to the sudden death of an operational assistant from the Porto IPO on January 1, 2021, the Board of Directors confirms the event and expresses sincere regret to family and friends in the certainty that this loss is also felt here.’
“The explanation of the cause of death will follow the usual procedures in these circumstances,” it added.
Acevedo had worked at IPO Porto, a national and international reference health institution in cancer treatment, research and education, for more than 10 years.
The mother of two died in the early hours of January 1, the New Year’s Day. The bereaved family has sought answers from the health department on her demise. Her body has been sent for autopsy to examine the exact reason which led to her death.
Her death has been reported even as the head of the World Health Organization’s immunization advisory group said on Tuesday that Covid-19 patients should take two doses of the new Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine within a period of 21-28 days.
Acevedo’s daughter, Vania Figueredo, said her mother had only complained about the ‘normal’ discomfort in the area where she was jabbed but was otherwise fine.
Portugal, with a population of just over 10 million, has reported 7,118 deaths and more than 427,000 cases.