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Maharashtra: 45-year-old man dies after getting second dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Bhiwandi Nizampura Municipal Corporation Health Officer Dr KR Kharat said the cause of Kirdit's death would be known after the postmortem report comes in, adding that Kirdit's medical history, records etc. are being checked.

Maharashtra: 45-year-old man dies after getting second dose of COVID-19 vaccine
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A 45-year-old man died shortly after he was administered the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in a hospital in Bhiwandi in Maharashtra's Thane district on Tuesday, March 2, officials said.

With this, the state recorded its first case of death post-vaccination. Health officials said they would wait for the postmortem report before linking the death with vaccination.

Sukhdeo Kirdit, employed as the driver of a local doctor, took the shot around 11 am. After 15-20 minutes of getting vaccinated, he complained of giddiness while he was seated in the waiting hall at the civic-run inoculation centre, said, doctors. Later, he was taken to the observation room where he fainted.

Kirdit was rushed to IGM Hospital nearby where doctors declared him dead on arrival, an official said. His body was later shifted to JJ hospital for a postmortem. 

Bhiwandi Nizampura Municipal Corporation Health Officer Dr KR Kharat said the cause of Kirdit's death would be known after the postmortem report comes in, adding that Kirdit's medical history, records etc. are being checked. Kharat said Kirdat had suffered no adverse event after the first shot.

Kirdit's family said he was a healthy person who had left home in the morning to take the second dose of the coronavirus vaccine. He went for the second dose of Covishield at immunisation centre 75 at Bhagya Nagar.

On Tuesday, March 2, 33,044 people were vaccinated in Maharashtra with a slight rise from Monday but much lower than daily vaccinations until last week. Of these, over 20,000 were senior citizens and people above 45 years with comorbidities.

So far, 40 deaths post-vaccination have been reported across India. In 17 cases, no postmortem could be carried out.

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