A 41-year-old health worker in Portugal has died two days after getting the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine.
Mother-of-two, Sonia Acevedo reportedly suffered a ‘sudden death’ at home on the first day of January, 48 hours after receiving the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
Acevedo changed her profile photo on Facebook after she was vaccinated and wrote: “Covid-19 vaccinated.”
The bereaved family said she did not have any prior health conditions and had no adverse effects after getting the Pfizer jab.
“She was okay. She hadn’t had any health problems” Acevedo’s father Abilio Acevedo told Portuguese daily Correio da Manha.
“She had the Covid-19 vaccine, but she didn’t have any symptoms. I don’t know what happened. I just want answers”.
“I want to know what led to my daughter’s death”, the father said
Before her death, Acevedo worked in paediatrics at the Portuguese Institute of Oncology in Porto. Her employers confirmed she was vaccinated against coronavirus on December 30. They said they did not receive a report of any ‘undesirable effect’ when she was jabbed or in the hours afterwards.
“’With regards to the sudden death of an operational assistant from the Porto IPO on January 1, 2021, the Board of Directors confirms the event and expresses sincere regret to family and friends in the certainty that this loss is also felt here”, the Portuguese Institute of Oncology said in a statement.
“The explanation of the cause of death will follow the usual procedures in these circumstances”, the Institute added.
Acevedo was one of 538 Porto IPO workers who received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
Acevedo’s father told the Portuguese press that he got a call around 11am last Friday that his daughter had been found dead, hours after they ate together on New Years Eve. “My daughter left home and I never saw her alive again”, he said.
The health worker, who lived with her family in Maia near Porto, worked at IPO Porto, a national and international reference health institution in cancer treatment, research and education, for more than 10 years. She died at her partner’s home in Trofa half an hour’s drive north of the northern Portuguese city, according to the report.
Acevedo’s daughter Vania Figueredo said her mother had only complained about the ‘normal’ discomfort in the area where she was vaccinated but was otherwise fine.
An autopsy has not yet been released but is expected in the coming days.
Portugal, with a population of just over 10 million, has reported 7,118 deaths and more than 427,000 infections.
After a relatively mild first wave, cases rose sharply in the second wave, and soared late December 2020.
Portugal announced December 27 that they detected a new variant of the coronavirus on the Portuguese island of Madeira, linked to a rapid rise in infections in Britain.