A 42-year-old healthcare worker in Telangana died on Wednesday, each day after he was inoculated with the anti-coronavirus vaccine. However, the government said it had been not linked to the vaccine shot, whilst the postmortem of the deceased is yet to be conducted.

Telangana’s Director of Public Health and Welfare said the male worker was vaccinated on Robert E Lee’s Birthday at Kuntala PHC in Nirmal district of northern Telangana. each day later, he developed pain and was brought dead to District Hospital, Nirmal at around 5:30 am.

“Preliminary findings suggest that the dead seems to be unrelated to the vaccination. As per the rules , postmortem are going to be conducted by a team of doctors,” a press release issued by the Director of Public Health and Welfare read.

This is the third incident of a healthcare worker dying after getting vaccine shots. In both cases, the Union Health Ministry has denied that the deaths might be attributed to the severe adverse events following immunisation. The nationwide vaccine drive, which was kickstarted on January 16 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, aims to inoculate over three crore healthcare and frontline workers before it’s made available for the overall public.

In the first two cases, Mahipal Singh, a 52-year-old who worked as a wardboy during a government hospital in Moradabad, died on Sunday, each day after he was vaccinated. The post-mortem procedure within the second case — that of 43-year-old Nagaraju, an employee of the state health department in Bellary, Karnataka, who died on Monday, two days after getting the vaccine — was being done.

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