NVAX Stock – No ‘obvious causal link’ between elderly woman’s death and vaccine
“The TGA [Therapeutic Goods Administration] is monitoring COVID-19 vaccination in elderly patients across the world and is in regular contact with global regulators,” Professor Kelly said.
“As with any other reported case, it is investigated, although at this stage there are no signs of any causal link,” he said.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk expressed her sadness at the death on Thursday, and said she was sure it would be investigated thoroughly.
“Any death is a tragedy and I think they need to look very closely at were there any other conditions or it was vaccine-related,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“We’ll be getting some updates about that … but in terms of the vaccine, the benefits outweigh the negatives.”
On Thursday, the Chief Health Officer issued a public health direction stating that from May 3, anyone visiting an aged-care facility must have a current flu shot.
Experts said there appeared to be a link between the vaccine and rare blood-clotting issues, recommending they should be listed as a very rare side-effect.
Younger people appeared to be more at risk of developing the complication than older people.
He said the use of any medicine, including vaccines, was about weighing up risk versus reward.
“Overall, it still appears the benefits outweigh the risks, however the difference between the benefits and risks is less in younger people, who are at lower risk of more significant consequences of COVID-19,” Professor Griffin said.
“For comparison, a very common intervention in the form of the oral contraceptive pill carries a risk of clotting issues in the order of four of every 10,000 people taking this pill.
“When assessing the risks and benefits, we also have to keep in mind the risks of not vaccinating.”
Stuart Layt covers health, science and technology for the Brisbane Times. He was formerly the Queensland political reporter for AAP.