An ASHA worker, 44-year-old Vijaya Lakshmi died on January 24, five days after receiving the Covid-19 vaccine in Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur district.

[REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE] A medic in Mumbai preparing a dose of Covid-19 vaccine at Mumbai's JJ Hospital on January 27, 2021
[REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE] A medic in Mumbai preparing a dose of Covid-19 vaccine at Mumbai’s JJ Hospital on January 27, 2021 (Photo Credits: PTI)

An infraction in the brain caused the death of the ASHA worker who died in Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur days after receiving the Covid-19 vaccine in January. Identified as Vijaya Lakshmi, the ASHA worker breathed her last on January 24, five days after she was vaccinated against coronavirus.

The post-mortem report of 44-year-old Vijaya Lakshmi has now revealed that an infraction in the brain led to her demise. Her death was not related to the Covid-19 vaccine, the post-mortem report added.

Earlier on Tuesday, Andhra Deputy CM Alla Kali Krishna Srinivas denied that the ASHA worker’s death was due to Adverse Event Following Immunisation (AEFI). Asked about the same during a press conference, the Deputy CM who also holds the health portfolio said, “It [AEFI] has not yet been established.”

The Andhra Pradesh government has announced Rs 50 lakh as financial aid to the kin of the deceased ASHA worker.

In a letter to Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan on January 25 of this year, Andhra Pradesh Chief Secretary Aditya Nath Das had mentioned that the state recorded one fatality due to AEFI.

On January 22, three days after she was vaccinated against Covid-19 at the Guntur Government hospital (GGH), ASHA worker Vijaya Lakshmi had complained of severe headaches. She was taken to a hospital and later shifted to the GGH as her condition worsened.

Guntur Collector Samuel Anand had maintained at the time that the district reported no adverse events following the vaccination of healthcare and frontline workers. Colleagues of the deceased ASHA worker, however, had claimed otherwise.


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