WP MP Jamus Lim urges people not to share misinformation that boy, 16, who took Pfizer vaccine had died

The boy who suffered cardiac arrest has been transferred out of ICU.

Belmont Lay | July 17, 2021, 04:46 AM

The Workers' Party (WP) MP Jamus Lim wrote on Facebook on Friday morning, July 16, that he had earlier this week spoken with the mother of a 16-year-old boy who had passed away.

Late boy a Sengkang resident

In his post, the Sengkang GRC MP identified the teenager as an Anchorvale student.

The WP MP oversees the Anchorvale ward in Sengkang.

Lim also wrote that the boy "passed for non-vaccination-related reasons", but did not elaborate further.

Rumours that this boy had taken Pfizer vaccine

His comments came in the wake of widespread speculation that an obituary that appeared stated that a boy born in 2005 had died on July 10, 2021.

This puts his age at 16 years old, which coincidentally was the age of another 16-year-old boy who recently suffered a cardiac arrest on July 3, six days after getting his first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech/ Cominarty Covid-19 vaccine on June 27.

He was later revealed to have been taking supplements and lifting weights twice his body weight.

But it appears he has made progress.

On July 15, it was reported that the boy had been transferred out of the intensive care unit (ICU) to a high dependency ward instead.

Do not share about boy's death

Lim emphasised in his post that those who received misinformation about the boy's death ought to refrain from sharing it.

Doing so would serve "as a gesture of respect for the privacy of the family, and as a mark of honor to the boy, who was an accomplished individual that should be remembered for different things: his filial piety, his sporting prowess, and his academic successes".

MOH debunked rumours that boy who suffered cardiac arrest had died

The Ministry of Health (MOH) had earlier on Wednesday, July 14, debunked rumours that a 16-year-old boy had passed away after receiving the Covid-19 vaccination.

MOH said in a Facebook post that it was aware of "speculation in Facebook, Telegram and WhatsApp chat groups" about an obituary that led to the "conjecture that the teenager had died from a vaccine-related severe adverse event".

"We wish to clarify that the demise mentioned in these posts and messages was not vaccine-related," said the MOH.

"We urge the public not to spread unsubstantiated information which may add to the family’s grief or cause public alarm unnecessarily."

Top photo via Jamus Lim