Australia Man claims he 'almost died' after getting the AstraZeneca vaccine

11:40  04 may  2021
11:40  04 may  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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A 65-year-old Queensland man has claimed he 'almost died' after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The civil engineer from Shute Harbour in the Whitsundays, Queensland, said he had a stroke which caused him to go into a coma five days after getting the jab on March 26.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration is still investigating the man's case and there are only six blood clot cases linked to the vaccine in Australia.

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'If I'm fighting fit, vertical, extremely active one minute and then on my death bed the next. The only thing that's changed is the AstraZeneca vaccine that I've had,' the unnamed man told the Courier Mail.

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'There is a problem here. I nearly died. I don't want anyone else to go through that.'

He said he had type 2 diabetes, was on blood-thinning medication and has two stents in his heart.

About six in two million people are believed to develop blood clots - or thrombosis - after getting the vaccine, a side effect that is more common in people younger than 50.

In comparison, blood clots affect one in a thousand women on the contraceptive pill.

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A 48-year-old woman died after developing thrombosis days after receiving the vaccine, and five other Australians have had clots believed to be linked to the jab.

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has said there is evidence of a 'rare but serious' blood clot side effect caused by the AstraZeneca vaccine.

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Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Therapeutic Goods Administration for further comment.

On Monday those over 50 became eligible for the AstraZeneca vaccine at general practice respiratory clinics and state and territory vaccination clinics.

As of Sunday night, 2,260,615 Australians had been vaccinated, with 815,709 of those at state and territory clinics.

The figure is still way behind other developed nations such as the US and UK, which has jabbed half the nation. Australia started its program later and suffered supply shortages due to European export bans.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has refused to set a date for when every Australian will receive their first dose of the vaccine after blood clot fears over the AstraZeneca jab threw the nation's vaccination program into chaos.

The Federal Government initially set an October deadline to inoculate all people in Australia but Mr Morrison said they were no longer in a position to say when the vaccine program will be completed.

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