"Today, two deaths were reported in people who had received COVID-19 vaccines. We are planning to look into the causes through epidemiological investigations and our casualty investigation teams.
This was South Korea's top public health official in a briefing Wednesday where the first deaths were reported in the nation's vaccination campaign that started last Friday.
Commissioner Jeong explained that the first patient was in his 50s and got the AstraZeneca vaccine at nursing hospital on Tuesday. Eleven hours later, he had severe adverse reactions, such as chest pain and breathing issues.
He was given treatment, but died this morning at 7 AM.
The second person, in his 60s, also got the AZ vaccine at a nursing hospital last Saturday.
He developed a fever and muscle pain 33 hours later, and died this morning at 10 AM.
As of Wednesday, more than 87-thousand people in South Korea have gotten their first dose.
The vast majority of those have been given the AZ vaccine, and just over 15-hundred the Pfizer vaccine.
In total, adverse reactions have been reported in than 2-hundred 9 people so far.
Most of those 2-hundred-7 of them were minor side-effects, like headaches and fevers.
The health authorities continue to recommend that people get vaccinated if they are healthy and to let medical staff know if they have any pre-existing symptoms or conditions beforehand.
Choi Won-jong, Arirang News.