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4th person dies after Covid-19 jab, health officials investigating

12 March 2021

By The SUN

The 70-year-old woman had the Sinovac jab 9 days before she died

Health authorities are investigating the death of a 70-year-old woman who died yesterday, Mar 11, nine days after receiving the anti-coronavirus vaccine from Sinovac.

She was the fourth person to die in Hong Kong after getting the Sinovac jab since the city launched its inoculation program on Feb 26.

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In the two earlier cases involving a 63-year-old man and a 55-year-old woman, an expert panel advising the government on the after-effects of the vaccine had ruled out any connection between the deaths and their having received inoculation.

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They are still awaiting a detailed autopsy report in the third case of a 71-year-old man who died on Mar 8.

As regards the latest case, a government statement released late Thursday said the Department of Health is getting further information for conducting an investigation and assessment, including preliminary autopsy findings.


The statement said the fourth fatality had a history of high blood pressure and had osteoarthritis in her knee. She experienced shortness of breath early yesterday, and collapsed at home at around noon, and was taken to Kwong Wah Hospital.


“She did not respond to resuscitation and passed away this afternoon. According to information provided by the deceased’s family member, she had received CoronaVac Covid-19 vaccination at Kowloon Bay Sports Centre Community Vaccination Centre on March 2,” said the statement.

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On the same day, a 67-year-old man who has history of diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipidemia (or heavy fat deposits in the blood) reportedly collapsed at Mong Kok MTR station at around noon Thursday and was also admitted to Kwong Wah Hospital where he is now in critical condition.


The statement said the preliminary diagnosis was acute coronary syndrome or heart attack. He was said to have received a Sinovac jab at a private clinic on Mar 2.

The DH is also looking into the case.

Quoting the World Health Organization, the DH said that an adverse event after immunization “does not necessarily have a causal relationship with the usage of the vaccine.”

It says it will provide all available information obtained from each case to the Expert Committee on Clinical Events Assessment Following Covid-19 Immunisation (“expert committee”) as soon as possible.

The expert committee will then make the final assessment and release its findings to the public.

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