NSW woman dies after first AstraZeneca dose

A 34-year-old NSW woman has died from a confirmed case of rare blood clotting following a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The woman, who received the dose yesterday, was confirmed to have suffered thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome or TTS.

She was named in the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) COVID-19 weekly safety report released today, which said approximately 6.8 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine have been administered in Australia up until August 1 2021.

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"Sadly, a 34-year-old woman from NSW died yesterday from confirmed TTS following a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine," the TGA states in its report.

"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 said reports of suspected side effects to the vaccine are "generally consistent with what is being observed internationally".

Since the beginning of the vaccine rollout to August 1, the TGA has found seven reports of deaths were likely to be linked to immunisation from 425 reports received and reviewed.

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National Cabinet has agreed on a new no-fault indemnity scheme for GPs to give the AstraZeneca vaccine to Australians under the age of 60.

Six of the deaths which occurred after the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine were confirmed to be TTS cases and one was a case of immune thrombocytopenia (ITP).

"The TGA reviews all deaths reported in people who have received the vaccination. We also monitor the database of reports for signals that may relate to vaccine safety to distinguish between coincidental events and possible side effects of the vaccine," the TGA stated in its report.

"So far, the observed number of deaths reported after vaccination remains less than the expected number of deaths that would occur naturally, or from other causes, for that proportion of the population."

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To 1 August 2021, approximately 12.4 million vaccine doses have been given in Australia – 8.4 million first doses and four million second doses.

Just shy of seven million of those doses have been administered with the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The protective benefits of vaccination against COVID-19 far outweigh the potential risks of vaccination.

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