Sonia Acevedo Portuguese health worker dies two days after taking Pfizer COVID vaccine. Autopsy scheduled as questions are raised.
A Portuguese health worker has died two days after getting the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine according to reports.
Sonia Acevedo, 41, suddenly died at home on New Year’s Day. 48 hours after receiving the jab. An autopsy is expected to take place later today or tomorrow.
The mother-of-two, who worked in paediatrics at the Portuguese Institute of Oncology in Porto, is not said to have suffered any adverse side-effects after being vaccinated.
Ms Acevedo’s father Abilio Acevedo told Portuguese media outlet, Correio da Manha: ‘She was okay. She hadn’t had any health problems.’
Adding, ‘She had the Covid-19 vaccine but she didn’t have any symptoms. I don’t know what happened. I just want answers.
What led to Portuguese health worker death?
‘I want to know what led to my daughter’s death.’
Ms Acevedo’s employers confirmed the health worker had been vaccinated against coronavirus on December 30 and said they had not been notified of any ‘undesirable effect’ when she was jabbed or in the hours afterwards.
The Portuguese Institute of Oncology released a statement, which read: ‘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.’
It added: ‘The explanation of the cause of death will follow the usual procedures in these circumstances.’
Ms Acevedo had worked at IPO Porto, a national and international reference health institution in cancer treatment, research and education, for more than 10 years.
She lived with her family in Maia near Porto but died at her partner’s home in Trofa half an hour’s drive north of the northern Portuguese city.
She changed her profile pic on Facebook shortly after her jab to post a selfie with a face mask on and the message: ‘Covid-19 vaccinated.’
One of 538 co- workers who also got the jab- questions remain
Her father told Portuguese press he got the call to say she had been found dead around 11am last Friday morning hours after they ate together on New Years Eve, adding: ‘My daughter left home and I never saw her alive again.’
Ms Acevedo’s daughter Vania Figueredo said her mum had only complained about the ‘normal’ discomfort in the area where she was jabbed but was otherwise fine.
The health worker was one of 538 Porto IPO workers who received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. It is not thought other workers incurred adverse symptoms or reactions after taking the newly released Pfizer COVID vaccine.
It remained unclear when exactly the health worker first contracted the virus- and assuming she had being infected prior to her jab, why or how the vaccine failed to inoculate her from the deadly bug’s ravages. Others meanwhile have wondered if the Portuguese woman’s death was the result of the Pfizer COVID vaccine itself.
Portugal, with a population of just over 10 million, has reported 7,196 deaths and more than 427,000 coronavirus cases.
After a relatively mild first wave, cases rose sharply in the second and have spiked again since Christmas.