South Australian woman, 72, likely died from AstraZeneca vaccine
By Erin Lyons
Health officials in South Australia have confirmed a 72-year-old woman died after having the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Her death is likely linked to the jab, which would make it the first vaccine-related fatality in South Australia since the rollout began.
Premier Steven Marshall said the Therapeutic Goods Administration confirmed a case of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) in a 72-year-old woman was likely linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine.
TTS is a rare event involving serious blood clots with a low blood platelet count. It is triggered by the immune system’s response to the AstraZeneca vaccine and is different from other clotting conditions, according to the TGA.
It is incredibly rare, with the total number of confirmed TTS cases in Australia standing at 45, plus 31 “probable” cases. That’s a total of 76 cases from about five million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
The woman’s death is being investigated
“Unfortunately, we (have) now learned that she has passed away overnight,” Mr Marshall said.
“Our thoughts are with her family at this very sad time.
“Her death has of course been referred to the TGA, as well as to the coroner for further investigation, so we need to wait for the TGA and the (conclusion) of the coroner’s investigation.”