After three years of living and grappling with the never-ending COVID-19 pandemic, many of us may have become indifferent to hearing about the deaths of someone who contracted COVID-19.
Yes, it is sad, but is it unexpected? No.
However, what is new is hearing about a death which may potentially be linked to a COVID-19 vaccination.
Singapore may have recorded its first death linked to a COVID-19 vaccination.
Just as all of us rejoice about the lifting of mask-wearing restrictions in Singapore, we’re hit with some bad news regarding COVID-19.
Man’s Death “Likely” to Be Due to COVID-19 Vaccine
It appears that a COVID-19 vaccination could have claimed the life of a young Bangladeshi man. He was 28 years old at the time of death.
The reported cause of death is myocarditis.
Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle called the myocardium. This inflammation could affect the heart’s ability to pump blood.
Symptoms may include chest pain, rapid or irregular heartbeat, fatigue and shortness of breath.
In an official statement released by the Ministry of Health (MOH) on 17 February 2023, the State Coroner ruled that the young man’s death was “on the balance of probabilities…likely to be related to a COVID-19 vaccination”.
The deceased had received his first dose of the Moderna/Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine on 18 June 2021 and passed away less than a month (21 days) later on 9 July 2021.
He had collapsed at his workplace before he passed away.
Due to this “medical misadventure”, the MOH will provide a $225,000 one-time financial assistance grant to the man’s family.
Such a grant is extended under the MOH’s Vaccine Injury Financial Assistance Programme (VIFAP). Amongst the VIFAP’s beneficiaries are those “who experienced serious side effects that are assessed to be related to the COVID-19 vaccines administered in Singapore”.
Deaths Due to Myocarditis “Remains Rare”
Before this news scares you into trying to falsify COVID-19 vaccination certifications with anti-vaccine groups, the statistics of meeting an untimely death due to this vaccination remain low.
According to the MOH, this is the first death recorded after more than 17 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been dished out in Singapore through its National Vaccination Programme.
The Heath Science Authority also reports that “the incidence of myocarditis remains rare with reporting rates of 0.1 per 100,000 doses (or 0.0001%) for the bivalent vaccines; and 1.1 per 100,000 doses (or 0.0011%) for the primary vaccination series of the monovalent vaccines”.
Perhaps the odds of striking Toto or 4D are higher.
In any case, if you’re kiasi (scared of dying), heed the calls to avoid strenuous physical activity or exercise for two weeks after receiving your vaccinations.
If you prefer to leave things to the professionals—seek medical attention if you feel something is amiss with your heart after the vaccination.
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