A 10-year-old girl from São Paolo, Brazil has suffered cardiac arrest 12 hours after receiving her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, reports O Globo.
Luisa Petenuci, a resident of São Paolo’s municipality Lençóis Paulista, was vaccinated on Tuesday, January 18th and collapsed shortly after. Luisa Petenuci, 10, went into cardiac arrest 12 hours after she was vaccinated with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, Jan. 18th, 2022.
Luisa was vaccinated on Tuesday after the local municipality launched their COVID-19 immunization drive for children in the 5-11 age group.
According to her father, the 10-year-old experienced changes in heart rate shortly after and collapsed unexpectedly.
She was then rushed to a private hospital where the 10-year-old had to be resuscitated.
After being stabilized, Luisa was then transferred to Unimed Hospital in Botucatu where she currently remains in ICU.
Following the incident, the municipality announced an immediate suspension of vaccination for children ages 5-11 against COVID-19.
The 46 children who were vaccinated since Tuesday are now being closely monitored, reports the municipality in a statement.
São Paolo’s Health Secretary, Jean Gorinchteyn, said in a note about the incident:
“All cases of adverse events are analyzed by a panel of experts before any conclusion is made. It is, therefore, hasty and irresponsible to say that the case of the municipality [Lençóis Paulista] is associated with vaccination. Most of the time, the cases of post-vaccination adverse events are coincidental, without any causal relationship with the vaccine.”