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Sickly elderly man and woman in ICU after getting Covid-19 jabs

07 March 2021

By The SUN 

The 80-year-old male patient is in critical condition at Caritas Medical Centre

An 80-year-old man and a 72-year-old woman both with a history of diabetes and other conditions were admitted overnight to the intensive care unit of two public hospitals with suspected serious adverse reaction to coronavirus vaccination. 

The Hospital Authority said the man, who also had blockage of the carotid artery,  hypertension and stroke, was vaccinated on Mar 1 and suffered from chest pain yesterday, Mar 6. 

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He was taken to the accident & emergency department of Caritas Medical Centre but did not respond well to treatment, so he was transferred to the ICU on the same night. The provisional diagnosis was acute coronary syndrome and he is now in critical condition. 

According to the information, he received the Sinovac vaccine at Tin Fai Road Sports Centre Community Vaccination Centre, Yuen Long.

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The woman, on the other hand, took the Sinovac jab at the Tseung Kwan O Sports Centre yesterday. She felt malaise after vaccination, so she skipped two doses of regular insulin.

She was later admitted to Prince of Wales Hospital after she was found to have severe complications from diabetes, then transferred to intensive care after her condition deteriorated.

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Apart from diabetes, the woman reportedly has a history of hypertension, hypothyroidism and hyperlipidemia, or excessive fat deposits in the arteries. 

The 72-year-old woman was taken to Prince of Wales Hospital with severe diabetes

The HA said it was also trying to find out more information about two other people who were taken to hospital after taking the Sinovac jabs at the Kwun Chung Sports Centre this morning.


A 66-year-old woman reportedly complained of chest pain and feeling nauseous minutes after getting the vaccine.

Another woman, said to be 45 years old, felt unwell and developed allergic reactions such as rashes after getting home following the inoculation.


A chief manager of the HA, Lau Ka-hin, said the woman is in stable condition in Queen Elizabeth Hospital but had no other information

Meanwhile, 16 new Covid-19 cases were recorded Sunday, three of them imported. Two of these patients came from the United States, and the other, from Canada.


Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan from the Centre for Health Protection said the two American women aged 67 and 43 tested positive upon arrival on a Cathay Pacific flight in Hong Kong on Friday.

The Canadian woman, 64, arrived on Feb 15 aboard a Cathay flight and developed symptoms on Friday during quarantine at Ramada Hong Kong Grand View in North Point. She was found to be carrying the highly infectious variant of the disease.

Chuang said there are now 57 imported cases carrying the N501Y strain, 34 with the British, 7 with the South African and 4 with the Brazilian variant. The remaining 12 are uncategorized.

The CHP said five of the 13 local cases had untraceable infection sources. Today’s new cases took the tally of Covid-19 patients in Hong Kong to 11,091.

One of the five patients with unknown sources was a 51-year-old man who works at Shatin Shek Mun. His office mates will be sent to the quarantine center.

Another was a male computer programmer aged 32 in an office in Carnarvon Road, Tsimshatsui. He lives at 258 Tai Nam St in Shamshuipo. He watched a movie on the fourth floor of  K11 Musea and also used a toilet there.

More than 10 staff of the same office will have to undergo virus testing, Chuang said.

Chuang said 5 of the 13 local cases had unknown sources

Others with no known sources include a retiree, a property agency staff in North Point, and a worker at a construction site for the third airport runway project.

Chuang said more than 30 colleagues of the construction worker were sent for testing, and several hundred other workers at the site will also be tested.

A third case is a retired man, 73, who visited several restaurants in Kowloon and lives in Regency Park.

There are fewer than 10 preliminary positive cases today, five of them untraceable.

One is a restaurant worker at Star House. Chuang said if the restaurant has a few staff, they will be quarantined. If the staff is big, everyone will be put under mandatory testing.

HA’s Lau said a total of 213 confirmed patients are being treated in 22 public hospitals, the AsiaWorld treatment facility and the North Lantau Hospital.

He said 13 of these patients are in critical condition, 14 are in serious condition and the remaining 186 patients are in stable condition.

A total of 226 cases have been recorded in the past 14 days from Feb 21 to Mar 6, including 187 local cases of which 61 are from unknown sources.




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