Death – COVID-19 Vaccine: Ottawa Public Health quashes rumour of child’s death

Death – Obituary

Ottawa Public Health is quashing a rumour shared on social media that falsely claims a child died after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at a local vaccination clinic.

In a short Twitter thread on Monday, OPH said the rumour was entirely false.

“We have reviewed our records of adverse events following immunizations (AEFI) and connected with partners at CHEO & the coroners to confirm this information is false,” OPH said. “All sources report that no child in Ottawa has died from a COVID-19 vaccine.”

The public health unit cautioned that misinformation can have harmful impacts on the health of the community.

To date, more than 26,000 Ottawa children aged five to 11 have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, accounting for 35 per cent of that age group’s population. Public health experts have stressed that the vaccine given to children is safe and effective. 

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.