Portuguese nurse dies two days after getting the Pfizer Covid vaccine; no side effects noted

WION Web Team
NEW DELHI Published: Jan 05, 2021, 11.17 AM(IST)

Portuguese health worker Sonia Acevedo Photograph:( Twitter )

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A paediatric surgery assistant in Porto found dead two days after receiving a vaccine, but is not said to have suffered any adverse side-effects

Update: An earlier version of this story reported the nurse's family's claim that she died after receiving the Covid vaccine. However, Portuguese authorities have clarified that she did not suffer any adverse side-effects after being vaccinated.

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A paediatric surgery assistant in Porto was found dead two days after receiving the Covid vaccine, her family claimed.

Sonia Acevedo, 41, who worked in paediatrics at the Portuguese Institute of Oncology in Porto, is, however, not said to have suffered any adverse side-effects after being vaccinated.

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Acevedo's father Abilio Acevedo told Portuguese media that 'She was okay. She hadn't had any health problems. She had the Covid-19 vaccine but she didn't have any symptoms. I don't know what happened. I just want answers. I want to know what led to my daughter's death.'

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He described her as a “well and happy” person who “never drank alcohol, didn’t eat anything special or out of the ordinary.”

As per Health Feedback, the Portuguese Ministry of Justice issued a statement on January 5, 2021 to inform the public that preliminary data from the autopsy showed “no evidence of a causal relationship between her death and the vaccine she received.” 

However, the Ministry did not reveal the specific cause of death, citing the “secrecy of justice”.

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The health worker was one of 538 Porto IPO workers who received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Portugal, with a population of just over 10 million, has reported 7,118 deaths and more than 427,000 cases.

(With inputs from agencies)

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