The Israeli health ministry has said a 75-year-old man from Beit She’an died of a heart attack two hours after receiving the vaccination against Coronavirus (COVID-19).
It was learned that the man had preexisting conditions and had suffered from heart attacks in the past.
The unidentified man got the Pfizer shot at around 8:30 am at a Clalit Health Services Clinic. He stayed at the facility, as is customary, for a short period of time to ensure he had no side effects. When he felt well, the clinic released him.
Health Ministry director-general, Chezy Levy, has launched an investigation, but early findings suggest the vaccine was not connected to the death, the report stressed.
The victim had a history of numerous pre-existing conditions, including cancer and heart problems, including earlier heart attacks, the Times of Israel said.
He also showed no signs of adverse reaction after being vaccinated, and was only allowed home following a period of observation when he said he felt fine, the reports said.
“We share in the grief of the family,” Levy said in a statement.
Currently, Israel has vaccinated 380,000 citizens with the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine with the majority of medical personnel, people over the age of 60, and those with chronic illnesses. It hopes to start vaccinating teachers and school staff later this week.