A 77-year-old man has died in Lithuania minutes after receiving a Covid-19 shot, although the death is not linked to the vaccine, the State Medicines Control Agency (VVKT) said on Friday.
“Yesterday [February 25], a death occurred immediately after the vaccination; in fact, during the vaccination,” Gytis Andrulionis, the agency's director, told a news conference. “The fatality, a 77-year-old person, had underlying cardiovascular issues.”
“The death is not related to the vaccine, which is very important,” he added.
The man was given a first shot of the AstraZeneca vaccine, according to Andrulionis, and passed away minutes later. “Because of this, we think we need to give a public statement, to avoid speculation,” he said.
Rugilė Pilvinienė, a VVKT spokeswoman, specified that the death occurred at a hospital in Pasvalys District, northern Lithuania.
The man was in a waiting room where all vaccine recipients need to stay for about fifteen minutes after getting the jab.
“It was a sudden cardiac death, due to acute heart failure,” Pilvinienė said, adding that medics then tried to resuscitate the man, but unsuccessfully.
The case will be reported to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), she said, which stores data about all deaths among vaccine recipients.
Andrulionis noted that there had not been any cases of death caused by Covid-19 vaccines either in Lithuania or Europe.