Clot fears lead to WA jab jitters
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.