03 Mar 2021: Maharashtra: Man dies after getting second dose of COVID-19 vaccine
A 45-year-old man died shortly after being administered the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in a hospital in Bhiwandi in Maharashtra's Thane district on Tuesday.
Sukhdev Kirdat, who worked as a driver with an eye specialist, received the shot around 11 am and fainted in an observation room 15 minutes after that.
Here are more details on this.
Details: He was rushed to the IGM hospital
Kirdat had complained of giddiness while he was seated in the waiting hall at the inoculation center.
He was then rushed to the Indira Gandhi Memorial hospital nearby, where he was declared dead.
Doctors said the exact cause of death is not known yet, but will be cleared after the post-mortem.
Kirdat had reportedly taken the first dose on January 28.
Details: 'His BP, oxygen levels were normal'
"He took his first dose a month back and there was no problem...We found out that he had blood pressure for many years. There were symptoms like swelling of feet. But here his BP was normal and oxygen was also normal," said Dr. KR Kharat.
"He was also an alcoholic. But no link can be established until we get the autopsy report," he added.
Vaccines: Two vaccines currently being used in India
Two vaccines are currently being used in India - Covishield, which has been developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University and manufactured by the Pune-based Serum Institute of India, and Bharat Biotech's COVAXIN.
Some other vaccines are also being considered.
Even as the central government has said that both the vaccines are safe, some possible short-term side effects have been listed by the respective companies.
Situation: COVID-19 infected 1.11 crore, killed 1.57 lakh in India
People above the age of 60 years and those above 45 but with comorbidities are being vaccinated in the second phase of India's inoculation drive.
In the first phase, healthcare professionals and frontline medical staffers were given priority.
COVID-19 has infected over 1.11 crore and killed over 1.57 lakh across the country. A worrying spike in cases has been reported from several states lately.