The Queensland premier says “all the circumstances” relating to the death of an elderly woman hours after she received a COVID-19 vaccine will be investigated.
Annastacia Palaszczuk has expressed her confidence in the vaccine rollout on Thursday, after the woman’s death added to a series of recent developments which have sparked concerns about the safety of the jab.
It is understood the 82-year-old received a dose of the Pfizer vaccine at the Springwood Yurana Aged Care Facility on Wednesday, before dying in the afternoon.
It’s also believed she had a pre-existing medical condition.
“I’m advised they’re doing further investigations into that particular incident, a tragedy,” Palaszczuk said.
“We’ll be getting some updates about that from (Queensland) Health.
“They have to look at all the circumstances, including other illnesses the person may have had.
“Any death is a tragedy and I think they need to look very closely at, were there any other conditions or was it vaccine-related.
“In terms of the vaccine, the benefits outweigh the negatives.
“We didn’t even have the option of a vaccine 12 months ago.”
National Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said there were no signs of any causal link at this stage.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk also responded to concerns about the AstraZeneca vaccine after a small number of people who received it in Europe and the United Kingdom presented with blood clotting.
European authorities have confirmed there was a link between the vaccine and blood clots.
Palaszczuk said she would take the advice of Australia’s chief health officers on the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Australia’s drug regulators will meet to discuss the matter, after the European Medicines Agency found women and people under 60 were at a higher risk of developing the rare side effect.
“The recommendations will be brought to the table today and look at the Australian context,” Kelly said on Thursday.
“The AstraZeneca vaccine is effective and very safe for most people. There is this extremely rare event which appears to be associated with that particular vaccine in some people – four per million.
Queensland recorded three new coronavirus cases on Thursday, all in hotel quarantine.