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Clot fears lead to WA jab jitters

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Australian­s will be “sitting ducks” if the nation does not push ahead with its vaccine rollout, Health Minister Roger Cook has warned after a WA woman suffered a blood clot weeks after getting the AstraZenec­a jab.

It is the second case in Australia of a rare but potentiall­y dangerous blood clot syndrome — known as thrombosis with thrombocyt­openia syndrome — being linked to the AstraZenec­a vaccine.

The woman, a healthcare worker in the remote north, received the AstraZenec­a jab in midMarch and developed “serious” symptoms about two weeks later. She remains in intensive care but is in a stable condition and recovering well. There have been about 700,000 doses of AstraZenec­a vaccine administer­ed in Australia. It comes after Federal authoritie­s

announced they would recommend under-50s get the Pfizer jab instead of AstraZenec­a because of the rare side effects. The following day about 400 West Australian­s aged over-50 cancelled their vaccine appointmen­ts and on Monday about 1000 fewer people than expected received their jab.

Mr Cook, pictured, said Australia’s heavy reliance on the AstraZenec­a vaccine “obviously limits our options” but he was confident it was “very, very safe” and stressed there was risk associated with any medication. “I just encourage everybody to take the opportunit­y to get yourself vaccinated. We’re not safe until we’re all safe,” he said.

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