Another worker dies after Covid vaccination in Thanh Hoa

By Le Hoang, Le Nga   November 24, 2021 | 11:57 pm PT
Another worker dies after Covid vaccination in Thanh Hoa
An area of the Kim Viet Shoe Company in Thanh Hoa, where three workers died following their Covid-19 vaccination on November 24, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Le Hoang
Another worker in Thanh Hoa Province has been confirmed dead after receiving a Vero Cell Covid-19 vaccine shot on Wednesday, the same day her two colleagues died after the vaccination.

The victim, a 30-year-old woman, was among a group of workers at the Kim Viet Shoe Company vaccinated with the Vero Cell vaccine on Tuesday in Nong Cong District. 30 women experienced side effects following their injections, and five experienced severe ones, diagnosed as anaphylactic shock.

The five were transferred to local hospitals, but three of them died on Wednesday. Two of the deceased were announced by the central province's Department of Health on Wednesday, and the third death was announced by its Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control on Thursday.

Most of those who experienced side effects after the shots were 25-30 years of age, according to Nong Cong District authorities. There are still nine people with side effects being treated at the Thanh Hoa General Hospital, authorities added.

On Tuesday, Nong Cong District and other locations in Thanh Hoa vaccinated people with the Vero Cell vaccine, but only those at the Kim Viet Shoe Company encountered such incidents. Investigations are underway to figure out the cause.

Trinh Huu Hung, director of the Thanh Hoa health department, said all people who were vaccinated on Tuesday had had their health screened and been informed of possible side effects.

Nong Cong District authorities said they have stopped using the Vero Cell vaccine, but other types of Covid-19 vaccines remain in use. The district was allocated 53,000 Vero Cell doses on November 18 and has given around 10,000 doses since November 23.

The district would support the bereaved families with VND50 million ($2,205) each, while the Kim Viet Shoe Company would support each family VND100 million and considers supporting the deceased's children until they're 18.

Thanh Hoa has recorded over 2,000 Covid-19 cases in the fourth coronavirus wave, with 12 dead. Over 2.3 million Covid-19 vaccine shots have been given in the province.

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