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Chhattisgarh joint health director dies of Covid despite taking 2 vaccine jabs

The Times of India logo The Times of India 14-04-2021
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RAIPUR: Chhattisgarh health services joint director Subhash Pandey died of Covid-19 at AIIMS-Raipur on Wednesday. The 64-year-old had taken his second dose of Covid vaccine in the last week of March, say sources.

A patient of hypertension and diabetes, he had contracted coronavirus last year and he was treated in home isolation. This time, Pandey was hospitalised on Monday with fever and mild cough. His health deteriorated on Tuesday night and he was put on ventilator but he failed to respond to oxygen support and passed away, Raipur AIIMS director Dr Nitin M Nagarkar said.

Ambedkar Hospital’s head of microbiology, Dr Arvind Neral, told TOI antibodies against Covid are formed four to six weeks after the second vaccine dose. TNN

Dr Pandey was a year short of retirement

According to the American Journal of Medical Association, if anyone gets re-infected after effective immunisation, they may not get seriously ill and their oxygen level will be well maintained, Dr Neral said. “In most cases, they won’t need ventilator support. However, uncommon and rare cases are possible everywhere. If it is happening to 1% people it cannot be said that immunisation is not effective,” he explained.

Dr Pandey was a year short of retirement. Doctors in the Chhattisgarh health services retire at 65.

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