The death of a nurse in Kedah yesterday was due to cardiac arrest and not because she received a Covid-19 vaccine, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said.
He said authorities have already examined the incident and found no link to her receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on March 12.
“An investigation by the health ministry shows her death was not a side effect of the vaccine,” he was quoted as saying.
“Even if there are side effects, they would be mild.”
According to reports earlier today, the nurse was found dead at her home in Kedah by her husband.
The woman had been with the neonatal ward of Hospital Pulau Pinang and received her Covid-19 vaccine earlier this month as part of the first phase of the National Immunisation Programme.
Previously, a WhatsApp message, which had gone viral, claimed a female nurse attached to the Penang Hospital was found dead in her sleep by her husband at their home in Sungai Petani at 2am on Wednesday (March 17).
The alleged police report claimed that the nurse had received a Covid-19 vaccine jab on March 12.
It further said that the woman had suffered sluggishness and breathing difficulties ever since.
As in other countries, the government is working hard to assure Malaysians that Covid-19 vaccines approved for use in the country were safe.