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Death of 28-year-old man after COVID-19 vaccination ruled 'medical misadventure' by State Coroner: MOH

The man, who died from heart inflammation, is Singapore's first fatality related to COVID-19 vaccination.

Death of 28-year-old man after COVID-19 vaccination ruled 'medical misadventure' by State Coroner: MOH

An employee shows the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Dec 21, 2020. (File photo: Reuters/Eduardo Munoz)

SINGAPORE: A 28-year-old Bangladeshi man who died 21 days after his COVID-19 vaccine jab in 2021 has been recorded as Singapore's first fatality related to the vaccination.

The State Coroner ruled on Wednesday (Feb 15) that the man's death was a medical misadventure. His cause of death was myocarditis, a type of heart inflammation.

"The State Coroner also found that on the balance of probabilities, it was likely to be related to COVID-19 vaccination," said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in a media release on Friday.

The man received his first dose of the Moderna/Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine on Jun 18, 2021, and died on Jul 9 after collapsing at his workplace earlier that day.

Under the Vaccine Injury Financial Assistance Programme provided by MOH, a one-time financial assistance of S$225,000 will be extended to his family. 

MOH said it is working with the Ministry of Manpower to extend assistance to his family and facilitate their application.

"To date, more than 17 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Singapore through the National Vaccination Programme," said the ministry.

According to the latest vaccine safety update by the Health Sciences Authority (HSA), MOH said the incidence of myocarditis remains rare with reporting rates of 0.1 per 100,000 doses (or 0.0001 per cent) for the bivalent vaccines; and 1.1 per 100,000 doses (or 0.0011 per cent) for the primary vaccination series of the monovalent vaccines.

As a precautionary measure, since September 2021, vaccinated people are advised to avoid strenuous physical activity or exercise for two weeks after vaccination to mitigate the potential risk of myocarditis. 

"People with chest discomfort, abnormal heartbeats or any other symptoms that arise after vaccination, should seek medical attention promptly," said MOH.

"This will enable early diagnosis and appropriate medical management of any rare severe adverse events that may occur after vaccination."

MOH, the Expert Committee on COVID-19 Vaccination and HSA will continue to monitor vaccine-related serious adverse events closely, said the ministry. 

Source: CNA/lk(zl)


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