An elderly citizen in the United States collapsed and died on Sunday morning shortly after he got injected with a COVID-19 vaccine.
New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said in a statement that the man, in his 70s, fell as he left Manhattan’s Jacob Javits Convention Center just 25 minutes after he got his shot.
He was confirmed dead at a local hospital shortly after he was rushed there.
At the moment it remains unclear if the man’s death is linked to the vaccine, but a post mortem is now underway.
‘Initial indications are that the man did not have any allergic reaction to the vaccine,’ Zucker said in his statement.
Zucker added that the man’s immediate collapsing followed a mandatory 15-minute observation period, in which he ‘exhibited no adverse reactions or any distress’.
The FDNY disclosed that the patient was rushed to the hospital by Senior Care just before 11 am Sunday, where he died shortly after arriving.
The identity of the man has not yet been made known by officials. It’s also not clear which type of COVID-19 vaccine he got.
Zucker in his statement, stressed that he and other public health experts believe the vaccine ‘is safe, and together with continued vigilance including wearing a mask and social distancing, it will bring an end to this pandemic.’
‘I encourage all eligible New Yorkers to get vaccinated,’ Zucker continued.
At the moment, nearly one million persons in New York City have got the vaccine, with 1.5 million residents having received their first doses statewide.
In all, nearly 42 million doses have so far been administered in the United States.
According to statistics, a single dose of a vaccine has been administered to 31,579,100 million people, which equals to 9.6 percent of the population. While over 9,147,000 Americans have now received both doses of a vaccine, amounting to 2.78 percent of the population.