Media reports about a fatality following a COVID-19 vaccination in Switzerland: no apparent correlation with the vaccination

To date, no unknown side effects of vaccinations against the novel coronavirus have emerged


Reports are circulating on social media channels and information platforms of the death of a 91-year-old person in Canton Lucerne who had been vaccinated against COVID-19. Investigations by the cantonal health authorities and Swissmedic have shown that, due to the person’s medical history and the course of their illness, it is highly unlikely that there is a connection between the death and the COVID-19 vaccination.

A few days after receiving a vaccination against COVID-19, a 91-year-old person with multiple serious pre-existing health conditions died at a retirement home in Canton Lucerne. Neither the person’s medical history nor the acute course of their illness suggests a direct causal link between the COVID-19 vaccination and their death. The detailed information available indicates that the person died of natural causes. This was also noted on the death certificate.

To date, no unknown side effects have occurred as a result of vaccinations against the novel coronavirus. At present, there are no indications that the benefit-risk profile of the vaccine in question should be updated.

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