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Ministry of Health announces third death linked to vaccine

New Zealand has recorded its third death considered to be linked to the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccination.

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The COVID-19 Vaccine Independent Safety Monitoring Board notified the Ministry of Health of the death today.

The board reported that the person had myocarditis at the time of death.

Myocarditis is inflammation of the heart wall and is caused by a viral infection.

In the weeks before their death, the person had received a dose of the Pfizer vaccine and the board said it is possible this caused the myocarditis.

This is the third death in New Zealand that is considered to be linked to the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine.

More than 4 million first doses of vaccine have been given in New Zealand.

All three cases are with coroners to determine the cause of death.