A 45-year-old man in Maharashtra died after taking second shot of the Covid vaccine on Tuesday. Sukhdev Kirdat from Bhiwandi fainted in an observation room shortly after taking the second dose of Covid vaccine.
The father of two worked as a driver with an eye specialist. He was taken to the Indira Gandhi memorial hospital where he was declared dead.
As per the doctors, cause of death is unknown and may be cleared after a an autopsy. Kirdat took first dose of vaccine on January 28 during the first drive of Covid vaccination in the country.
A doctor at Indira Gandhi memorial hospital said Kirdat took his first dose a month back and there was no problem. There was full check-up before this dose. The doctors found out that he had blood pressure for many years. But here, while his inoculation, his BP and oxygen were also normal. It is difficult to say what caused the death. There will be a post-mortem to establish that, Dr Kharat added.
People above 60 and those over 45 with other illnesses are being inoculated in the second round of nationwide vaccination. Frontline and health workers received doses in the first round.
Maharashtra vaccinated 33,044 people on Tuesday, slightly more than the previous day but much lower than daily vaccinations until last week.
The Covid-19 vaccination drive in India started on January 16 with Prime Minister Narendra Modi launching the world’s biggest roll out. The government called it the beginning of the end of Coronavirus that has claimed over 1 lakh lives, affected businesses, drained the economy, led to the biggest migrant crisis and unprecedented sufferrings since early last year.