Woman died of myocarditis that was likely linked to COVID-19 vaccine booster she received 4 days earlier: Coroner
The 43-year-old woman was hospitalised a day after receiving her COVID-19 booster shot.
Lydia Lam @LydiaLamCNA
14 Apr 2023 06:00PM (Updated: 14 Apr 2023 06:48PM)
SINGAPORE: A 43-year-old woman who received a COVID-19 vaccine booster died about four days later, a coroner’s court heard on Friday (Apr 14).
The cause of Madam Ontal Charlene Vargas’ death was determined to be myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart.
State Coroner Adam Nakhoda said on Friday it was likely that the myocarditis was related to the COVID-19 booster vaccine that Mdm Vargas had received, and ruled that her death was a medical misadventure.
The forensic pathologist who conducted the autopsy found inflammation of Mdm Vargas’ heart muscle, which was consistent with myocarditis.
She developed symptoms soon after receiving the vaccine, the court heard. It is reported in medical literature that myocarditis is a known adverse side effect of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, said the coroner.
After Mdm Vargas died, her family applied to the Ministry of Health (MOH) under the Vaccine Injury Financial Assistance Programme, which provides one-time financial assistance to those who experienced serious side effects that are assessed to be related to the COVID-19 vaccines administered in Singapore.
The application was successful, although the coroner did not specify how much Mdm Vargas’ family received. CNA has contacted MOH for more information.
He accepted evidence from two doctors who said there was no definitive link between myocarditis and the vaccine, but found that on a balance of probabilities, it was likely that the two were related in this case.
This is the second reported coroner’s case where a person’s death was linked to a COVID-19 vaccine.
The first was for the death of 28-year-old Bangladesh national, Mr Rajib.
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