34-year-old woman dies from rare side effect after AstraZeneca vaccine

A 34-year-old woman‘s death has been linked to a rare blood clotting condition associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine.

She died on Wednesday after receiving her first dose and developing thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS), the Therapeutic Goods Administration said.

Hers is the seventh death linked to the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, of which about 6.8 million shots have now been administered across the country.

Six of those deaths were linked to TTS, while the other was a case of immune thrombocytopenia (ITP), where the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks blood platelets.

Data suggests that TTS occurs in 2 to 3 out of every 100,000 people who receive a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Leading Sydney doctors have urged people to get immunised with AstraZeneca, warning that Covid-19 kills about 3 per cent and causes long-term illness in 10 to 30 per cent of those who contract it.

34-year-old woman dies from rare side effect after AstraZeneca vaccine

Camera IconATAGI is recommending anyone over 18 get any vaccine available. NCA NewsWire / Kelly Barnes Credit: News Corp Australia

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation has recommended that all adults in Greater Sydney get immunised with any available vaccine.

“ATAGI reaffirms our previous advice that in a large outbreak the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca are greater than the risk of rare side effects for all age groups,” the expert panel said in a statement.

The Pfizer vaccine, which remains in short supply and high demand, remains the preferred vaccine for people under 60 outside of Sydney.

Sydney on Thursday suffered its worst day of the pandemic, with 262 new cases and five deaths from the virus recorded.

The TGA noted the new AstraZeneca-linked death in its weekly Covid-19 safety report, released on Thursday.

“Sadly, one of the cases, a 34-year-old woman from NSW, died yesterday,” the report said.

“The TGA extends its sincerest condolences to her family and loved ones. We are in close communication with NSW Health who are undertaking further investigation of this case.

“The TGA extends its sincerest condolences to their families and loved ones.”

In the past week, a total of three reports of blood clots and low blood platelets have been assessed as confirmed or probable TTS likely to be linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine.

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