Queensland Health has confirmed a Brisbane man is among three new people in Australia who have experienced the rare blood clotting reaction to the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said the man, aged 49, received his vaccination from a GP in South Brisbane.
He then began developing symptoms several days later and was admitted to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, where he received treatment for two days.
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Thankfully the man has now been discharged from hospital and is recovering.
The total number of clotting cases in Austalia now stands at six, with a 35-year-old NSW woman and 80-year-old man from Victoria also identified as having thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TSS).
Dr Young said the recovery of all three individuals is thanks to the “fast reactions” of both patients and staff.
“It is important that both the vaccine recipient and their treating clinician are educated on the signs and symptoms of TSS,” Dr Young said.
“This information can and will save a life, we have seen just that with these cases.
“I will also stress that these reactions are still extremely rare. I thank the TGA for their fast review and their continued feedback.”
Those who receive COVID-19 vaccines are being warned they will experience some common side effects, such as fever, sore muscles, tiredness and headaches.
“These will start within 24 hours and will last for 1-2 days,” Dr Young said.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration is continuing to investigate the new cases.
It comes as Queensland recorded one new COVID-19 case overnight, which was acquired overseas and detected on a ship that is currently off the Queensland Coast after travelling from Japan.
There’s now 16 active cases across the state.