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Second person dies after COVID vaccination in Israel

16:35, 30 December 2020
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One more person has died after receiving the coronavirus vaccine in Israel, The Times of Israel reports.

The 88-year-old man died hours after being vaccinated.

The doctors stressed in a statement that the patient had preexisting severe health problems.

The man had received the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine during the afternoon as part of Israel’s mass inoculation program. He later collapsed at home.

Discouraging any link between the shot and the death, the hospital said the man suffered from ‘chronic, complex and difficult’ health conditions, without specifying, reads the article.

The Health Ministry said a preliminary investigation indicated that his death did not appear connected to the shot.

The man suffered from heart disease and cancer and had suffered several previous heart attacks, the ministry said.

In a separate incident on Dec. 27 evening, a man was taken to the Terem emergency medical clinic in Jerusalem after suffering a severe allergic reaction around an hour after receiving a vaccine dose.

The Pfizer vaccine is not made with the coronavirus itself, meaning that there is no chance anyone could catch it from the shots. Instead, the vaccine contains a genetic code that trains the immune system to recognize the spiked protein on the virus’s surface.

No significant safety issues were uncovered in the shot trials, and only common vaccine-related side effects like fever, fatigue, and injection site pain were found.

Mass vaccination of the population against coronavirus started in Israel on Dec. 20. In the first phase, health workers, medical students, geriatric staff, and government officials received the drug. Citizens over 60 years old and people from risk groups are vaccinated at the second stage.

NEWS.ru earlier reported that an elderly Israeli man died on Dec. 28 of a heart attack after receiving the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine.