MOH: Recent death of 16-year-old boy not vaccine-related

The ministry urged the public not to spread unsubstantiated information.

Joshua Lee | July 15, 2021, 11:25 AM

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has clarified that the recent death of a 16-year-old boy was not vaccine-related.

MOH said via a Facebook update on July 14 that it was aware of "speculation in Facebook, Telegram and WhatsApp chatgroups" which featured an obituary.

The speculation led to conjecture that a teenager had passed away from a Covid-19 vaccine-related severe adverse event, said the ministry. However, it clarified that the teen's death was not vaccine-related.

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

The obituary in question belonged to a 16-year-old boy who passed away on July 10.

Less than a week before, MOH reported that a 16-year-old boy suffered a cardiac arrest when he underwent a strenuous weight-lifting session after his Covid-19 vaccination.

Members of the public speculated that the boys in both incidents were one and the same.

You can read MOH's Facebook post below:

Top image from MOH.