New Zealand has reported what it believes to be its first death linked to the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine.
An independent vaccine safety monitoring board said the woman’s death was “probably” due to myocarditis or inflammation of the heart muscle, a rare side effect of the jab.
It also noted there were other medical issues which could have “influenced the outcome following vaccination”.
The official cause of death has not yet been determined. However, the Covid-19 Vaccine Independent Safety Monitoring Board said the myocarditis was “probably due to vaccination”.
Myocarditis is a “very rare” side effect of the Covid vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna, according to regulators in Europe.
The European Medicines Agency said the side-effects were more common in younger men.
But it has stressed that the benefits of vaccines continue to far outweigh any risks, as they help to stop people from getting very sick with Covid-19.