A 75-year-old Israeli from the northern region of the country has died of a heart attack about two hours after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, December 28.
This development was confirmed by the Health Ministry, while adding that the man had pre-existing conditions and had suffered from heart attacks in the past, the ministry said.
Chezy Levy, the Health Ministry director-general has launched an investigation into the incident.
The man was said to have received the vaccine at 8:30 in the morning, at a Clalit clinic, and waited at the facility for a short period of time before he was released to his home feeling well.
According to the Jerusalem Post, the man lost consciousness and was later confirmed dead from heart failure.
The Health Ministry explained, “A 75-year-old man from the north of the country suffering from active heart disease and malignant disease, who has undergone a number of heart attacks, was vaccinated this morning against the coronavirus and died at home shortly after the procedure.”
“We share in the family’s grief,” the ministry said, adding that “Initial examination does not show a link between the unfortunate incident and the vaccination.”
“The vaccination campaign continues,” it affirmed.
Meanwhile, Israel has vaccinated approximately 380,000 people so far with the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine.