By NATALIA PENZA FOR THE MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 10:20 EST, 4 January 2021
UPDATED: 05:34 EST, 11 January 2021
A Portuguese health worker has died two days after getting the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine.
Sonia Acevedo, 41, suffered a ‘sudden death’ at home on New Year’s Day 48 hours after receiving the jab. An autopsy is expected to take place later today or tomorrow.
The mother-of-two, who worked in paediatrics at the Portuguese Institute of Oncology in Porto, is not said to have suffered any adverse side-effects after being vaccinated.
Ms Acevedo’s father Abilio Acevedo told Portuguese daily Correio da Manha: ‘She was okay. She hadn’t had any health problems.
‘She had the Covid-19 vaccine but she didn’t have any symptoms. I don’t know what happened. I just want answers.
‘I want to know what led to my daughter’s death.’
Ms Acevedo’s employers confirmed the dead woman had been vaccinated against coronavirus on December 30 and said they had not been notified of any ‘undesirable effect’ when she was jabbed or in the hours afterwards.
The Portuguese Institute of Oncology said in a statement: ‘With regards to the sudden death of an operational assistant from the Porto IPO on January 1, 2021, the Board of Directors confirms the event and expresses sincere regret to family and friends in the certainty that this loss is also felt here.’
It added: ‘The explanation of the cause of death will follow the usual procedures in these circumstances.’