A vial labelled with the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine

The Ministry of Health is denying claims circulating online that a 12-year-old child died after receiving a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech’s Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine. “At this point in time, the Ministry of Health does not have any information regarding the death of a 12-year-old child post-vaccine administration,” Principal Medical Officer of Institutions Dr Maryam Abdool-Richards said on Monday.

Senior Corporate Communications Officer Al Alexander reiterated that there have not been any vaccine-related deaths in the country to date and urged the public to access verified, accurate information from the Ministry of Health’s various online platforms and to disregard rumours on social media.

Reporter: Rishard Khan