A 56-year-old medical care worker in Gurgaon, who was given the Covishield Covid vaccine last Saturday, died in the early hours today. The reason for the demise isn’t yet known, and her body has been sent for a post-mortem examination, doctors said.
According to her family, Rajwanti did not wake up in the morning and was brought dead at the Medanta hospital. She did not have any reaction to the vaccine on the day it was administered, they said.
“Only after the post-mortem report comes, the cause of Rajwanti’s death will be known. Till then it will not be right to say that Rajwanti died due to the vaccine,” Gurgaon’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Virendra Yadav said.
India started one of the world’s largest vaccination programmes on Saturday, using the two locally-made vaccine Covaxin and Covishield, licensed from Oxford University and pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca.
The vaccination drive will inoculate 3 crore healthcare and other front-line workers first, followed by about 27 crore people older than 50 or deemed high-risk because of pre-existing medical conditions.