Jharkhand Health Worker Dies 36 Hours After Vaccination

Post-mortem examination will be conducted on the body by a medical board at state-run Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences to ascertain the cause of his death

A health worker in Jharkhand has died 36 hours after being administered with Covid-19 vaccine, the officials said on Wednesday

The health worker, identified as Mannu Pahan, was administered the Covishield vaccine at his workplace Medanta Hospital in Gurugram on February 1 and died on Tuesday night, said Dr Pankaj Sahni the CEO of the private medical establishment’s.

He said, though 52-year-old Pahan did not have comorbidities, the cause of his death is being investigated now.

After being vaccinated, Pahan returned to his village in Ormanjhi near Ranchi and even came to work on February 2.

On Tuesday night he fell ill in his village and died while being taken to the hospital, said Dr Ajit Prasad, nodal officer for the Covid-19 vaccination programme in the state.

“Post-mortem examination will be conducted on the body by a medical board at state-run Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences to ascertain the cause of his death.”

A total of 151 health workers including Pahan had been vaccinated at Medanta Hospital on February 1. Nine others received the vaccine from the same vial from which Pahan was vaccinated and they are all fine. So, it is yet to be confirmed whether he died due to the vaccine,” Prasad told PTI.

If it is found that Pahan died due to the vaccine, this will be the first such case in Jharkhand, he added.

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