A man who received a Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination site at the Javits Center in Manhattan Sunday died minutes later.
Reports state the man in his seventies was treated by medical staff after he collapsed within 30 minutes of getting the jab just before 11 a.m., but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.
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The incident occurred approximately 25 minutes after he was vaccinated, and following the required 15 minute observation period. Health officials say he exhibited no adverse reactions or any distress. They added that initial indications are that the man did not have any allergic reaction to the vaccine.
Speaking to local media, New York State health commissioner Howard Zucker said, “On-site security and first responders were by his side within seconds, but sadly the man passed away a short time later at a hospital.”
Despite no explanation given about the man’s death, New York health officials insist the “vaccine is safe” and, combined with masks and social distancing, “will bring an end to the pandemic.”
While few details are publicly available as to why the man died, Zucker has continued to “encourage all eligible New Yorkers to get vaccinated.”