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- India had launched the first phase of the world’s biggest inoculation drive on January 16 to provide vaccination to more than three crore healthcare workers and frontline Covid-19 warriors
- Earlier, the states of Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Telangana have reported multiple deaths of healthcare workers after they were administered the Covid-19 vaccines
Gurugram: After similar cases in Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Telangana, another health worker has died after taking the first shot of the Covid-19 vaccine, this time in Haryana’s Gurugram.
The woman healthcare worker died on Friday, just days after receiving the vaccine.
However, a state government official claimed that there was no evidence yet to prove that her death was linked to the vaccination.
India had launched the first phase of the world’s biggest inoculation drive on January 16 to provide vaccination to more than three crore healthcare workers and frontline Covid-19 warriors.
The 55-year-old woman died in her house in Gurugram.
“She had been administered Covid-19 vaccination on January 16. Her family reported her sudden death at her home today, but there is nothing yet to suggest and link it with the vaccination,” Chief Medical Officer of Gurugram Virender Yadav told news agency PTI over telephone.
However, authorities have initiated a probe to ascertain the cause of her death.
“We have sent her viscera for investigation and details will be known once the report comes,” the official added.
Other cases across India
A healthcare worker in Telangana died after receiving the vaccine shot on Wednesday after he complained of chest pain. Preliminary investigation into the cause of his death ruled out any link to the vaccine.
According to Dr G Srinivas Rao, director of the state Public Health and Family Welfare department, the healthcare worker received the jab on Tuesday around 11.30 am at the Kuntala Primary Health Centre. Within three hours, the person started having chest pain and was rushed to the Nirmal district hospital, but was declared brought dead.
On Thursday, two senior doctors, including a Head of Department, at the Osmania General Hospital in Telangana collapsed within minutes after receiving the vaccine. They were kept under observation for two hours. “They are fine. They were anxious and their BP had gone up,” Dr B Nagender, superintendent of the hospital, told the Times of India.
On January 18, a healthcare staff at a Karnataka hospital died two days after being administered the first dose of the vaccine.
Nagaraju, a 43-year-old Group D staff at a government hospital in Ballari district, was a permanent employee of the state health department. He died after suffering a massive heart attack on Monday.
On January 17, a 46-year-old healthcare staff at a district hospital in Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad died a day after taking the first shot of the vaccine.
On Saturday, the man – identified as Mahipal Singh – began feeling uneasy immediately after taking the vaccine. After completing his duty at night, he complained of breathlessness, uneasiness in chest and cough. The doctors at the district hospital pronounced him brought dead.