Three die after second jabs of Covid vaccines

Three die after second jabs of Covid vaccines

A funeral was held at Wat Nam Daeng in Bang Phli district of Samut Prakan on Saturday for three people who died after receiving their second dose of Covid-19 vaccine, although the connection was unconfirmed. (Photo: Sutthiwit Chaiyutworakan)
A funeral was held at Wat Nam Daeng in Bang Phli district of Samut Prakan on Saturday for three people who died after receiving their second dose of Covid-19 vaccine, although the connection was unconfirmed. (Photo: Sutthiwit Chaiyutworakan)

SAMUT PRAKAN: Funerals for three people who died after receiving their second dose of Covid-19 vaccines were held at the same temple -- Wat Nam Daeng in tambon Bang Kaew, Bang Phli district -- in this central province on Saturday.

However, it was not clear whether the three cases were directly related to vaccination against Covid-19.

The first funeral was for Wuthidet Namo, a 15-year-old student, who died at Samut Prakan Hospital on Nov 26.

Juthathip Namo, 46, Wuthidet's guardian, said her nephew received a first jab of Pfizer vaccine at his school on Nov 3. After the inoculation, he became fatigued and gasped for breath. Wuthidet, who weighed 121 kilogrammes, also lost some weight.

On Nov 24, he received a second jab of Pfizer vaccine at the school. On that day, after returning home, he complained about having chest pain and breathing difficulties. She took him to Samut Prakan Hospital. A doctor examined him and let him return home without giving any medication.

Ms Juthathip said she brought Wuthidet back to the hospital on Nov 25 after he again developed the same symptoms. The doctor gave him a shot and told him to go home. But since he continued to have breathing difficulties, he stayed overnight in the hospital.

On Nov 26, she received a call from the hospital, telling her to rush to the hospital as the boy's condition was deteriorating. When she arrived at the hospital, Wuthidet had already died.

The doctors concluded Wuthidet's death was not related to the Covid vaccination and that he died from diabetes, intestinal problems, and both acidity and high sugar content in his blood.

Ms Juthathip said she was not certain about the cause of her nephew's death.

The second funeral was for a 26-year-old man identified only as Vachira, a employee of the Isuzu Company in Samut Prakan.

His relatives said he received a first shot of AstraZeneca on Aug 26 and a second on Nov 12. On Nov 20, he had chest pains with a high fever and was admitted to a hospital, where he died on Nov 26. The doctors said he died from a blood infection.

The relatives said they wanted officials concerned to investigate whether Vachira's death resulted from the Covid vaccination.

The third funeral was for a 26-year-old man identified only as Sithipol. He died on Nov 22 after receiving a second jab of Moderna vaccine. The doctors said he died from heart failure. The first Covid jab he received was of Sinovac, but the date was unclear.

The body was taken to Wat Nam Daeng temple for the funeral on Nov 25.

The relatives suspected Sithipol's death might be from the vaccine.

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