CORONAVIRUS vaccines had no link with the deaths of eight people with underlying health conditions, an investigation has revealed.
Health officials in South Korea said there was no evidence that proved that the Oxford/AstraZeneca shot played a role in the deaths of the patients who had “adverse reactions” to the jab.
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Residents in South Korea started to receive the jabs at the end of FebruaryCredit: Reuters
It comes after an investigation was launched into their deaths last week.
At the end of February, South Korean officials started to rollout their Covid vaccine programme – jabbing residents and workers at nursing homes and other at-risk individuals.
However, at the start of the rollout in South Korea, people aged over 65 were not being given the jab after health regulators in the country stated that more data on efficacy was needed on the age group.
Today the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said a panel had recommended that the jab could be given to those in older age groups.
It also confirmed that the Oxford jab had not played a role in the deaths.
In a statement the regulator said: “We’ve tentatively concluded that it was difficult to establish any link between their adverse reaction after being vaccinated, and their deaths.”
So far in South Korea over 316,865 people have received a first dose of a vaccine.
The health body last week reported that two people had died after having a reaction to the jabs.
The authorities disclosed their health conditions but the underlying medical conditions of the other six patients have not yet been confirmed.
The agency said a 63-year-old with cerebrovascular disease, developed symptoms including high fever, four days after being given the AstraZeneca jab.
He was moved to a larger hospital on Tuesday but died after showing symptoms of blood poisoning and pneumonia, Yonhap news agency reported.
Another nursing home patient in his 50s, with a cardiac disorder and diabetes died on Wednesday after suffering multiple heart attacks.
He had also received the AstraZeneca vaccine a day earlier, the agency said.
The patients who died in South Korea has received the Oxford/AstraZeneca jabCredit: EPA
Jeong Eun-kyeong, KDCA director said people should take the shot when they are feeling in good health.
The KDCA said that out of the people who had received the coronavirus vaccines, 207 had adverse reactions, including three cases of severe allergic reactions, known as anaphylaxis.
In the UK, more than 200 people have died after getting a Covid jab, regulators say.
A report published by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency states that the most frequent adverse recreations to the jab were sore arms, headaches, chills and fatigue.
The MHRA has received 236 reports of adverse reactions to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine that later led to deaths, up to January 31.
Ninety people died shortly after taking the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, while there were another three were the type of vaccine wasn’t specified.
According to the MHRA, most of those who died were elderly or had underlying illnesses.
So far in the UK over 22.2 million Brits have received a first dose of either the Pfizer/BioNTech jab or the Oxford/AstraZeneca offering, with over 1.1 million having had a second.