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Death triggers low vax turnout among CdO seniors

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The death of a 73-year-old man after he got first dose of Covid-19 vaccine in Cagayan de Oro city has triggered low turnout of elderlies scheduled to get first shot of Covid-19 vaccine, a top city health official said Friday.

Dr. Lorraine Nery, City health officer in charge said in a radio interview that seniors who registered for vaccination failed to show up following the death of an elderly after getting the first shot of the Covid-19 last Wednesday in a downtown mall in the city.

She said text messages were sent to those who were scheduled to get their vaccine but some failed to show up.

Nery however, expressed confidence that the confidence of the elderlies will be restored in the next few days after an autopsy report said that the elderly, a resident of Barangay Agusan has suffered heath attack nine minutes after getting the first dose of vaccine in a down town mall in the city.

Earlier, Mayor Oscar Moreno said the victim underwent pre-vaccination process and has passed theinterview and medical examination.

However, the victim apparently did not disclose all his medical condition including an open-heart surgery which may have contributed to the death.

After getting the AstraZeneca vaccine the man reportedly gasping for breath and was immediately brought to the JR Borja hospital where he was declared dead upon arrival.
Despite the death, the mayor ordered the continuation of the vaccination of senior citizens.

Those who have existing medical condition should present their medical certificate before getting the vaccine.

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