19 people die in Norway after COVID-23 vaccination
Twenty-three people have died in Norway within days of receiving the first dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine, with 13 of them - nursing home patients - apparently associated with vaccine side effects, health officials said. Writes about it New York Post.
Common reactions to the vaccine, including fever and nausea, "may have been fatal in some debilitated patients." This was announced on January 15 by the chief physician of the Norwegian Medicines Agency Sigurd Hortemo.
Nursing home patients who died after vaccination were over 80 years old. While officials do not express serious concern about these results, they are adjusting their recommendations as to who should be vaccinated.
The news comes just over a week after officials announced the deaths of just two nursing home residents who received the Pfizer vaccine.
More than 30 people in Norway have received their first Pfizer or Moderna coronavirus vaccine in a Scandinavian country since the end of last month, according to official figures.
“We are not worried about this,” the agency’s medical director, Steinar Madsen, told the Norwegian television company NRK. "It is clear that these vaccines have very little risk, with a few exceptions for the weakest patients."
“Doctors now have to think carefully about who should be vaccinated,” he added. "Those who are very weak and in deep old age can be vaccinated after an individual assessment."
On Thursday, January 14, the agency reported that a total of 29 people suffered from side effects - 21 women and 8 men. In 9 victims, they were severe, including allergic reactions, severe general ill-health, severe fever, in 7 they were less severe, including severe pain at the injection site. The rest of the cases ended in death (this statistic includes 13 deaths in nursing homes).
Norway has a total of over 57 cases and 000 deaths from the coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Health officials noted that about 400 people die each week in nursing homes.
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A Pfizer spokesman said the pharmaceutical giant is "aware of reported deaths" following the introduction of the vaccine in Norway and is working with the Norwegian Medicines Agency "to gather all the information it needs."
“The Norwegian authorities are prioritizing the immunization of nursing home residents, most of whom are very old with underlying medical conditions, and some are terminally ill,” said a spokeswoman. "The Norwegian Medical Agency confirms that the number of incidents is not yet alarming and in line with expectations."
“All reported deaths will be closely monitored to determine if they are vaccine-related,” she added. "The Norwegian government will also consider adjusting its vaccination guidelines to better take into account the health of patients."
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