Two more Australians have died after developing the rare blood clotting disorder likely linked to the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration confirmed in its weekly safety report today that a 48-year-old Victorian woman suffered Thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) and passed away.
It’s understood she developed the rare blood clotting condition after receiving her first dose of the AstraZeneca jab.
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The TGA confirmed that sadly, a 44-year-old man from Tasmania died from the same condition after also receiving his first AstraZeneca vaccine.
“Sadly, this week we were notified that two confirmed cases of TTS after the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine were fatal,” the country’s pharmaceutical regulator said.
“We extend our sincere condolences to their families and loved ones”.
Since the beginning of our vaccine rollout, five deaths from TTS have been reported in Australia from more than 6.1 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
“All of them were related to a first dose of the vaccine,” the TGA said.
Three new “probable” cases of TTS likely linked to the jab have emerged since last week, involving two men aged 76 and 77 from NSW, and a 79-year-old woman also from NSW.
“We continue to investigate three probable TTS cases which appear to be related to the second dose,” the TGA said.
“These cases, which have presented with less serious symptoms will be considered by an external panel of experts in the coming week to determine whether they are related to vaccination or not.”
In Australia, the Pfizer COVID-19 jab remains the recommended vaccine for those aged under 60-years-old due to the rare blood clotting condition.
However, the Prime Minister has urged Australians aged under 60 to still consider talking to their GP about getting the AstraZeneca shot if they feel comfortable doing so.
“They should talk to their doctor to get all of the information they need, but that is always up to the individual,” Scott Morrison told reporters on Thursday.
“Pharmacists will be able to give vaccines right across the population because the AstraZeneca vaccine is approved by the TGA for people above the age of 18, but there is an informed consent process.
“I want to get AstraZeneca vaccines in people’s arms to protect them, their families and their communities.
“That is what I want. I am trying to lift the vaccination rate. States that have been leaning in to vaccination using AstraZeneca have much higher vaccination rates than those who haven’t”.