MUMBAI: A 65-year-old Goregaon resident collapsed within minutes of receiving the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at Millat Nursing Home, Jogeshwari, on Monday and passed away one-and-half-hours later in ICU.
This is the first post-vaccination death reported in the city, although civic authorities said it cannot be linked directly to vaccination till a review by an expert committee.
The man was administered the vaccine at 3.37pm at the Jogeshwari centre, where he collapsed in a chair soon after. Civic officials said he reached the centre at 3.30pm and was injected with 0.5ml dose of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine Covishield intramuscularly. “He had several comorbidities, including dilated cardiomyopathy (heart’s pumping capacity reduces), severe left ventricular dysfunction, hypertension and diabetes mellitus,” BMC said in a statement.
Dr Mangala Gomare, executive health officer, said the adverse event following immunisation committee (AEFI) will review the case. “We don’t know if it was a case of anaphylactic shock. The committee will opine after looking at all details,” she said.
Another civic official said the man was administered injection Adrenaline that is given in cases of acute reaction following vaccination and immediately shifted to ICU, where he passed away at 5.05pm.
His body was sent to RN Cooper Hospital for autopsy. Civic officials said he was on multiple heart medications.
State officials did not comment but civic officials said nearly 4lakh people have been vaccinated in the city and a little over 400 suffered minor AEFIs. There have been few hospitalisations.
Across India, over 40 deaths following immunisation have been reported, although according to the Centre, none was caused by the vaccine itself. Last week, a 40-year-old health worker from Bhiwandi died shortly after getting the second dose.