Twenty-three people in Norway are suspected to have died from reactions or side effects to the vaccination intended to ward off the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19, including 13 that have been confirmed.
The Norwegian Medicines Agency reported the deaths Friday in a bulletin on its website.
”Common adverse reactions may have contributed to a severe course in elderly people who are frail,” the report said.
”The reports suggest that common adverse reactions to … vaccines, such as fever and nausea, may have contributed to a fatal outcome in some frail patients,” Norwegian Medicines Agency Chief Physician Sigurd Hortemo said.
The New York Post reported that the 13 confirmed deaths all were among nursing home patients who were 80 years of age or older.
More than 30,000 people in Norway, a country of about 5.3 million, have been given the first dose of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine since last month, the Post said quoting official figures.
The Norwegian Medicines Agency, the country’s national regulatory authority for medications, says it has received reports of 29 adverse reactions to the vaccinations, 21 in women and eight in men, and about 25% in people over 90. The most common reaction is pain in and around the injection location, fever and fatigue.
Less common were gastrointestinal symptoms such as stomach pain, nausea and vomiting, as well as respiratory problems such as difficulty breathing and a cough.
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