62-Year-Old Man Dies Hours After Taking COVID-19 Vaccine

A 62-year-old man died while admitted to a hospital in Windhoek after receiving his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on 17 May 2021.

The Executive Director of the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Ben Nangombe, stated that established protocols and procedures were followed before the administration of the vaccine.

“The patient was duly screened for eligibility. In addition after the administration of the vaccine, the patient was also observed for the required time period,” Nangombe said.

“He was transported to the hospital for medical attention. Our clinical observations showed that his blood pressure was highly elevated and his pulse and oxygen saturation had dropped below normal levels. The treating medical team immediately administered the appropriate treatment, including intubation and resuscitation. The patient’s vital signs started to improve but deteriorated again shortly thereafter. The patient was declared dead at 13:33,” he said.

Nangombe noted that the investigation into the actual cause of death has been launched.

He stressed that the unfortunate death is an isolated incident and should not deter the public from participating in the vaccination campaign.

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