A 45-year-old private healthcare worker died after receiving the second dose of Covid-19 vaccination on 2 March at Bhiwandi, Maharashtra.
Sukhdev Kirdat, who worked as a private doctor’s driver, fell unconscious 20 min after he was administered the dose at the Bhagyanagar vaccination centre. He was rushed to Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital but was declared dead.
The incident led to panic among other recipients who were waiting for their turn at the centre. He had taken his first dose on January 28 as a health worker.
The officials of Bhiwandi Nizampur City Municipal Corporation (BNCMC) said that they could ascertain the cause of death only after getting the post-mortem report.”He took his first dose a month ago and there was no problem. There was a full check-up before this dose. We found out that he had blood pressure for many years. There were symptoms like swelling of feet. But here his BP was normal and oxygen was also normal,” said KR Kharat, a doctor at the hospital. “It is difficult to say what caused the death. There will be a post-mortem to establish that,” Kharat said.
BNCMC medical health officer KR Kharat said,” The beneficiary came at the centre for the second dose and was fine before the vaccine. 20 minutes after the vaccination, he fell unconscious while waiting at the observation room. His body has been sent to JJ hospital for post mortem.
Experts will be studying the case and then submitting a report on what caused the death. Our staff had checked all his past records and his current health status. When he took the first dose, he was completely fine,” he said.
Following the incident, senior health officials from Thane visited the Centre. People above 60 and those over 45 with other illnesses are being vaccinated in the second round of nationwide inoculations. Frontline and health workers received doses in the first round.
On 2 March, Maharashtra vaccinated 33,044 people, slightly more than the previous day but much lower than daily vaccinations until last week.