COVID-19 vaccines did not increase the risk of sudden death among youth: study

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COVID-19 vaccines did not increase the risk of sudden death among youth: study


A study undertaken by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) found that while COVID-19 immunization did not raise the risk of sudden death among young individuals, health concerns and lifestyle variables seem to have a more major influence on these incidents.

Certainly, here’s a detailed breakdown of the key findings from the study conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) titled “Factors associated with sudden deaths among adults aged 18 to 45 in India,” in a point-by-point format:

COVID-19 Vaccination:

  • The study found that among young individuals in India, COVID-19 immunization did not raise the risk of sudden death.
  • The report’s summary suggested that adults in this age range may be less likely to die suddenly if they receive the COVID-19 immunization.
  • This research validates the safety and possible advantages of the COVID-19 vaccine in averting serious disease and mortality.

Factors Contributing to Sudden Death:

  • The study discovered specific characteristics linked to an increased risk of sudden mortality among young adults in India.
  • Among the risk variables were:
    1. Having a family history of sudden death: People who have a family history of sudden death were shown to be more vulnerable.
    2. Prior COVID-19 hospitalization: Those who had previously been hospitalized with COVID-19 were at an elevated risk of sudden death.
    3. Certain activities, such as binge drinking and participating in strenuous physical activity just before death, have been identified as risk factors.

Caution from the Health Minister for Severe COVID-19 Patients:

  • Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Health Minister, reacted to the study’s conclusions and issued a cautionary statement.
  • Individuals who had previously suffered a severe episode of COVID-19 were recommended to avoid excessive physical activity for one to two years.
  • This guideline is meant to lower the risk of heart attacks and cardiac arrests in this specific group of people.

Population and Methodology of Study:

  • The study’s goal was to look at the factors that contribute to unexpected unexplained deaths among healthy young adults in India.
  • It comprised cases (those aged 18 to 45) who appeared to be healthy and had no underlying health conditions but died suddenly for unknown reasons between October 1, 2021, and March 31, 2023.
  • The study enrolled 729 cases and 2,916 controls and gathered thorough data from both groups, including medical history, lifestyle behaviors (smoking, alcohol use, and physical activity), prior COVID-19 hospitalizations, and COVID-19 vaccination status.


These data offer light on the association between COVID-19 immunization and sudden fatalities in young adults, emphasizing the importance of individual health and lifestyle factors in determining the risk of sudden death in this population. It also reassures parents about the safety of COVID-19 vaccine in this age range.