Hospital says deceased, who collapsed at home, had a long history of health ailments

By TOI staff 29 December 2020, 11:29 pm 6

Illustrative: A man receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot, December 29, 2020. (Yossi Aloni/Flash90)

An 88-year-old man died at a Jerusalem hospital Tuesday, hours after receiving the coronavirus vaccine, with doctors stressing in a statement that the patient had serious preexisting 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.

Paramedics called to the scene worked to resuscitate him as they rushed him to Hadassah Mount Scopus Medical Center where doctors later pronounced his death. Discouraging any link between the shot and the death, the hospital said the man suffered from “chronic, complex and difficult” health conditions, without specifying.


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