23 Norway’s Deaths After Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

Frailest people nearing end of life are at risk

Norway

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Twenty-three people died in Norway within days of receiving their first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine with 13 of those deaths apparently related to the side effects of the shots, according to reports.

All 13 were nursing home patients and at least 80 years old.

Besides those who died, nine had serious side effects—including allergic reactions, strong discomfort and severe fever—while seven had less serious ones, including severe pain at the injection site, the New York Post reported.

Common reactions to the vaccine, including fever and nausea, “may have contributed to a fatal outcome in some frail patients,” noted Sigurd Hortemo, chief physician at the Norwegian Medicines Agency, in a statement.

More than 30,000 people in Norway have received the first shot of the Pfizer or Moderna coronavirus vaccine since late last month.

The NMA medical director Steinar Madsen has stated that the “agency is not alarmed by this.”

“It is quite clear that these vaccines have very little risk, with a small exception for the frailest patients. Doctors must now carefully consider who should be vaccinated. Those who are very frail and at the very end of life can be vaccinated after an individual assessment,” he said.

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