Investigation into 12-year-old boy's death days after Covid vaccine

A 12-year-old boy has reportedly died a few days after being given the Pfizer vaccine against Covid-19 in Austria.

The incident took place in the western Austrian state of Tyrol and was announced on Wednesday.

It is currently unclear when the case took place, but it was reportedly mentioned in a report issued by the Federal Office for Safety and Health Care on February 1.

The report stipulated the 12-year-old boy had suffered a heart attack "of unclear origin" just one day after being given the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine. He reportedly died three days later.

A stock image of a child receiving the Covid-19 vaccine.
A boy, 12, has reportedly died days after getting the Covid vaccine. Source: AAP, file

Officials across the world have regularly stressed the benefits of getting the vaccine far outweigh the risk of side effects.

Christa Wirthumer-Hoche, Head of the Federal Office for Safety in Health Care, said not much was currently known about the case, but an autopsy has been ordered. She said the results were still pending.

Reported vaccine side effects include allergies, temporary facial paralysis or heart muscle inflammation, according to Austrian newspaper Heute.

Less than 1% of Aussies need medical help after Covid vaccine

Austria's Federal Office for Safety in Health Care has registered 263 deaths to date in connection with coronavirus vaccinations, but in only two cases was it determined the vaccine had played a causal role in the death.

Of about 200 of the cases, it is reportedly unclear whether or not there was a causal connection between the vaccination and the patient's death.

"If you read it like that, you ask yourself about this large number of cases. Is there a connection or isn't there one?" Wirthumer-Hoche said.

The problem is reportedly that autopsies are only organised in very few cases, with only relatives, medical professionals and hospitals being able to initiate them, with the Federal Office reportedly having no power or influence in the matter.

In Australia, the Therapeutic Goods Administration reports most vaccine side effects are mild and go away within a couple of days.

AusVaxSafety data shows:

  • More than half of its participants report no side effects (55 per cent)

  • Just under half report any side effect (44 per cent)

  • Less than 1 per cent report visiting a doctor or emergency department after being vaccinated

  • Reports are consistent with side effects seen in clinical trials and surveillance in other countries

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