HCMC – After receiving her first Covid-19 vaccine dose on November 27, a ninth-grader in Hanoi’s Thuong Tin District had a fever and was hospitalized. She died a day later, according to a local official.
Nguyen Viet Binh, chairman of the People’s Committee of Nhi Khe Commune in the district, told Tuoi Tre newspaper that the 14-year-old student was vaccinated at 8:14 a.m. on November 27, with the vaccination procedures conducted in line with the prevailing regulations. On the morning of November 28, she developed a fever and was taken to the Thuong Tin General Hospital before being transferred to the Bach Mai Hospital. She was pronounced dead at 10 a.m. the day.
The local authorities then visited the bereaved family to offer condolences. The competent forces are investigating the cause of her death and would release the result later, Binh added.
Duong Thi Hong, head of the National Expanded Program on Immunization’s Office, told the paper that Hanoi would chair a meeting over the issue today, November 29.
The capital city of Hanoi on November 27 launched its Covid vaccination campaign for ninth graders, who are 14 years of age, with more than 38,200 doses of the Pfizer vaccine being administered.
In related news, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has ordered the ministries of Health and Public Security and the Thanh Hoa government to promptly launch a probe into the Covid vaccination deaths in Thanh Hoa Province.
The competent units and the Thanh Hoa government were told to clarify the reason why four workers of the Kim Viet Footwear Co. in Nong Cong District died after getting a shot of the vaccine on November 23 and submit the report to the prime minister prior to November 30, the local media reported.
The Ministry of Health was tasked with collaborating with other competent units and local authorities to ensure that storage conditions of the Covid vaccine were in line with the ministry’s regulations. The Covid vaccine doses will not be allocated to districts that fail to meet vaccine storage requirements.
The prime minister also asked the provincial government and the Ministry of Health to support the deceased’s families and send condolences to them.
Earlier on November 23, more than 10 workers at the Kim Viet Footwear Co. reported side effects and developed anaphylaxis after receiving the second Vero Cell Covid vaccine dose. On November 24, four of them were reported dead, while several others are out of danger and will be discharged in the next few days.