The heartbroken family of a Weet-Bix factory worker who died of a blood clotting disorder linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine has broken their silence.
Genene Norris, 48, of the New South Wales Central Coast died on April 14 after receiving the controversial coronavirus shot on April 8.
She developed blood clots the next day, and four days after receiving the shot, she was on dialysis in an intensive care unit until her death.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration’s vaccine safety investigation found that Ms. Norris’s case of thrombosis is likely related to the vaccine.
“First of all, we would like to thank everyone for your condolences, your understanding and for those who mourn with us in this terribly sad and difficult time, we thank you for your love and support,” her family told Daily Mail Australia on Saturday.
Genene Norris, 48, from the Central Coast of New South Wales died days after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine
Everyone who knew Genene talks about her cheerful, cheerful disposition and her sense of service to those around her.
Genene’s devotion to our family was deep and brought her much joy. Her passing leaves a gaping void in our family.
“We can’t believe she was with us this time last week and now she’s gone.
“We want to thank the medical staff who did everything they could to save Genene. Currently we know as much as the public knows because further medical research needs to be done. ‘
All vaccines are now ‘continuously assessed’ after Ms. Norris’s death.
Health authorities said the woman’s assessment of the woman’s case was complicated by her underlying health problems, including diabetes.
Ms. Norris got the shot before health authorities declared that the Pfizer vaccine was the preferred option for patients under 50.
It is the third report of an Australian case of blood clotting caused by the AstraZeneca vaccine. The other two cases were treated in hospital and are recovering.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration’s vaccine safety investigation found that Ms. Norris’s case of thrombosis is likely related to the vaccine. (Stock image)
The Therapeutic Goods Administration’s Vaccine Safety Investigation Group met late Friday after Daily Mail Australia revealed Thursday that the woman died after receiving the Covid shot.
Experts from the Vaccine Safety Investigation Group said that despite the absence of antibodies in the woman’s blood found in other cases of coagulation related to the vaccine, a causal relationship must be assumed.
They also noted that some lab tests were still in progress and that a post-mortem exam will take place in the coming days.
“Since this is an atypical presentation, if the test results and / or the autopsy provided an alternative cause, VSIG would reconsider their decision,” the TGA said Friday.
The same group previously advised in April that people under 50 should not be vaccinated with the AstraZeneca shot due to the risk of blood clots.
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt expressed his condolences to the woman’s family, saying the Australian Immunization Technical Advisory Group (ATAGI) would now conduct a ‘continuous evaluation’ of all vaccines.
This would fit the work of the TGA, Mr Hunt said.
Sanitarium Health Food Company, located on the New South Wales Central Coast in Berkeley Vale, confirmed that the 48-year-old woman was one of 800 employees
“Over the course of the pandemic, we have followed medical advice and will continue to do so … sometimes it leads to tough and difficult decisions,” Hunt told reporters on Saturday.
“That is the best protection for Australians in a pandemic that causes daily challenges, heartache and tragedies.”
An autopsy on the 48-year-old woman will be performed next week and an NSW coroner investigation into the woman’s death will be held.
Since its launch, 885,000 doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine have been given to Australians.
The three cases of blood clots give a rate of one in 295,000 pricks that could potentially lead to these complications, the TGA said.
WHICH COUNTRIES HAVE SUSPENDED THE ASTRAZENECA VACCINE?
- Czech Republic
SUSPENDED FOR UNDER 30
- United Kingdom
SUSPENDED FOR UNDER 55
SUSPENDED FOR UNDER 60
SUSPENDED FOR UNDER 65
SUSPENDED FOR UNDER 70
SUSPENDED FOR ALL AGES
- The Netherlands
Australia Chief Health Officer Paul Kelly pointed out on Friday that Covid-19 patients are much more at risk of developing blood clots than those who receive the vaccine.
He said that ‘people should be careful about drawing conclusions’ on the matter and urged people to keep getting vaccinated.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison also called for calm, saying concerns about the hesitation in the vaccine meant it was important that the matter be investigated.
Professor Kelly confirmed that some Australians have been reluctant to receive a vaccine since medical advice on the AstraZeneca shot was updated.
However, he stressed that the vaccines were safer than the alternative, citing a new study from the University of Oxford which found that the risk of blood clots in the brain is eight times higher after a COVID-19 infection than after an AstraZeneca. prick.
“Coagulation is a hallmark of COVID,” said Professor Kelly.
It also happens to be a feature, very rarely, of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
“But the benefit, and especially for people over 50, significantly outweighs the risk.”
Vaccination is critical because the Australian community will not remain virus-free forever, Professor Kelly warned.
A survey of 500,000 Covid-19 patients in the US found that 36 in million developed a potentially deadly blood clot.
In comparison, only four per million people will have a serious blood clot as a result of the AstraZeneca shot.
Symptoms of the rare clotting complications include severe headache, blurred vision, pain or bruising away from the injection site, leg swelling, and shortness of breath.
Health authorities recommend that anyone experiencing any of these symptoms after vaccination should seek medical attention.
The effects are different from the more common side effects such as fatigue, sore muscles or fever that disappear on the third day after vaccination.
Sanitarium Health Food Company, located on the New South Wales Central Coast, confirmed that the woman was one of 800 employees.
“The company is saddened by the loss of a much-loved employee, and we offer our sincere condolences to its family, friends and colleagues,” a spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia.
Mr Morrison promised that the entire adult population would be immunized by October, but the rollout has since been derailed by the blood clot link of the shot.
Twenty million doses of Pfizer are on the way, but there will be no more help for younger Australians until October.
The prime minister said he “would like” all Australians to get at least their first dose by the end of the year, but made no guarantees.
In a desperate bid to get the stalled program back on track, he plans to create massive hubs to ramp up vaccinations.
Ms. Norris’s death follows Denmark’s statement that they will all stop the AstraZeneca vaccine, while alternative vaccines are already being offered under the age of 30 in the UK.
885,000 doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine have been given to Australians since the start of the rollout (nurse vaccinated in Townsville)