86-yr-old dies 4 days after getting jabbed

Has nothing to do with vaccination: Health Dept; panel to look into the death

86-yr-old dies 4 days after getting jabbed

A health worker taking the body of a Covid-19 patient to the mortuary at Government Rajindra Hospital. Two people died of the virus in Patiala on Saturday, taking the toll to 600. The district also reported 131 new cases. Rajesh Sachar

Karam Prakash

Tribune News Service

Patiala, April 3

An octogenarian has died four days after getting his first shot of the coronavirus vaccine – Covaxin.

The 86-year-old, Kuldip Singh, who received first dose of vaccination on March 28, died on Thursday night.

Kuldip Singh was the father of Dr GB Singh, Director, Punjab Health Department, and the father-son duo had received the vaccine doses at Patiala.

The Health officials, including Dr GB Singh, though claimed that the death was not a case of the Adverse Effect of Immunisation (AEFI).

Dr GB Singh said, “My father (Kuldip Singh) had been complaining of breathlessness for the past couple of weeks. He was also suffering from heart disease. Being an expert, I am sure his death has nothing to do with the vaccination.”

My father had been complaining of breathlessness for the past couple of weeks. He was also suffering from heart disease. Being an expert, I am sure his death has nothing to do with the vaccination. —Dr GB Singh, Director, Punjab Health Department

Until now, the state had reported only two cases of fatal adverse effects of vaccination. We have already constituted an AEFI committee to look into such cases. —Dr Rajesh Bhasker, State nodal officer

Besides his age, the patient had heart disease. Therefore, there is no need to investigate. —Dr Veenu Goyal, District immunisation officer

State nodal officer Dr Rajesh Bhasker said the death was not associated with the Covid vaccination. He, however, said they would look into the matter.

“Until now, the state had reported only two cases of fatal adverse effects of vaccination. We have already constituted an AEFI committee to look into such cases,” said Dr Bhasker.

Meanwhile, health experts said the government should issue some fresh guidelines so as to prevent the AEFI.

Dr Veenu Goyal, district immunisation officer, said, “Besides his age, the patient had heart disease. Therefore, there is no need to investigate.”

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