Rory Nairn died of myocarditis and was not told what symptoms to look out for.
A Health Department employee says the pharmacy that administered Rory Nairn’s vaccine had a responsibility to keep abreast of the latest advice, but it hadn’t.
Health Ministry officials will be questioned on Wednesday – the second day of the coronal investigation into the death of the 26-year-old Dunedin man on November 17.
Nairn, who received his first Pfizer vaccine on Nov. 5, died almost two weeks later at his home from myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart muscle.
Although the disease has been linked to other viruses, it was a known rare side effect of the vaccine. The vaccine is considered the likely cause in Nairn’s case.
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Christine Nolan, who at the time of Nairn’s death was the Health Ministry’s National Contracts, Quality and Human Resources manager, noted that the pharmacy that gave Nairn the Covid vaccine had yet to undergo an internal review after his death. complete.
She also disagreed with a claim that vaccinators received “a million” emails with new information, which was hard to keep up with.
Vaccines had a responsibility to keep up to date with the latest information made available to them, she said.
On Tuesday, the pharmacy manager said they had not been instructed to do an assessment by the Department of Health, so “didn’t see the need” to complete one before this week’s coroner’s investigation. She believed the Southern District Health Board (now part of Te Whatu Ora) would issue instructions.
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After Nairn’s death, the pharmacy has undergone additional training and updated its practices, she said.
The pharmacist administering the vaccine told the coroner on Tuesday that she had not informed Nairn about the risk of myocarditis because she had not been instructed to do so.
Her manager said she had missed or misinterpreted the various messages from multiple agencies, telling health professionals to inform patients about symptoms of myocarditis.
The judicial investigation of the angle would determine no legal error. On Tuesday, coroner Sue Johnson said no one was charged with a crime and people who took the stands were considered witnesses.
The inquest was about establishing the facts about Nairn’s death and considering any recommendations that could prevent future deaths.
Nairn’s fiancée, Ashleigh Wilson, told the coroner on Tuesday that getting vaccinated was the “worst decision of our lives”.
She and Nairn had just bought a house, were to get married in March and then start a family.
Nairn had experienced chest pain the night he was vaccinated, and again over a week later. The night he died, he had agreed to go to the hospital for a check-up, but he had to go to the bathroom first.
Wilson said she heard his body fall to the floor. She couldn’t open the door, but could see his body through the crack.
Wilson said she suffered from extreme post-traumatic stress disorder from “watching the love of my life die.”
She had experienced death threats and intimidation for linking Nairn’s death to the vaccine, and blamed the media for members of the public blaming Nairn for his own death.
Nairn had no previous significant health problems and an autopsy later found that his death was “consistent with vaccine-related myocarditis”.
About 170 deaths have been reported to the Center for Adverse Reactions Monitoring (CARM) following Covid vaccinations. One death was determined by the coroner to be due to myocarditis after a first dose. Two others were likely – including Nairn – but were waiting for the coroner to put the finishing touches.
“To date, the observed number of deaths reported following vaccination is actually less than the expected number of natural deaths,” says the latest adverse event safety report.
Covid-19 has killed more than 1,800 people in New Zealand.