3rd child in Vietnam dies after Covid vaccination

By Phuoc Tuan, Van Tram   November 30, 2021 | 04:51 am PT
3rd child in Vietnam dies after Covid vaccination
Two boys receive Covid-19 vaccine in Binh Phuoc Province, November 29, 2021. Photo by Binh Phuoc's Covid-19 portal
A 12-year-old boy in the southern Binh Phuoc Province died Tuesday after receiving the Pfizer vaccine, marking the third death among children following Covid vaccination in the country.

He received his first shot of the vaccine on Monday afternoon.

He was then sent home in Dong Phu District to rest. After having dinner, he started suffering from dizziness, abdominal pain, and defecation.

His family took him to a local hospital before he was transferred to the General Hospital of Binh Phuoc and then a hospital in HCMC but the boy could not make it and died Tuesday morning.

Binh Phuoc Department of Health has set up an expert panel to determine the cause of death.

The province started vaccinating children aged 12-17 from Nov. 15, starting with those aged 16-17 and going downward, using the U.S.'s Pfizer vaccine.

Vietnam launched the campaign to vaccinate people under 18 against earlier this month and expects to immunize nine million children.

Until now, 34 cities and provinces have vaccinated children 12-17 years old with more than 3.5 million doses.

The Binh Phuoc boy was the third to die in the campaign.

A 16-year-old boy in the northern Bac Giang Province and a ninth-grade girl in Hanoi died on Sunday following vaccination with the Pfizer vaccine.

The Health Ministry has said the cause of the deaths was "overreaction to the vaccine," and not linked to the quality of the vaccine or the vaccination process.

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