A New South Wales woman has died after developing blood clots just hours after getting a Covid-19 vaccine.
The 48-year-old, from the Central Coast, was given the vaccine last Friday, but developed major blood clots the next day and was put on dialysis.
Daily Mail Australia understands the woman, who was diabetic but otherwise previously in good health, was placed in an intensive care unit and died yesterday.
A NSW Health spokesman said the department could not confirm any link between the woman receiving the vaccine and her death.
A middle-aged New South Wales woman has died after developing blood clots following administration of the Covid-19 vaccine. Stock image
The 48-year-old woman, from the Central Coast, was given the vaccine last Friday, developed major blood clots and was put on dialysis the next day. Stock image
'NSW Health does not speculate on or discuss individual cases,' the spokesman said.
'But the death of anyone is always a tragedy and our condolences are with the family and loved ones of the person who has passed away.'
The spokesman said the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) was responsible for regulating and monitoring the use of Covid-19 vaccines in Australia.
'Monitoring involves detecting and responding to any emerging safety concerns related to Covid-19 vaccines, particularly any adverse events following immunisation,' the spokesman said.
'An adverse event following immunisation is any untoward medical event that occurs after a vaccination has been given, which may be related to the vaccine.
'A conclusion regarding a causal relationship with the vaccine is not necessary to suspect or report an adverse event.
The spokesman said NSW Health was notified whenever a serious or unexpected adverse event occurred.
Daily Mail Australia understands the woman, who was diabetic but otherwise previously in good health, was placed in an intensive care unit and died yesterday. Stock image
'NSW Health investigates these events and refers its expert panel findings to the TGA, which is responsible for assessing causality,' he said.
'Many conditions can arise during normal life, whether or not a vaccine is administered, but it remains important to report any new serious or unexpected events so that safety can be appropriately monitored.
'Anyone concerned that they are experiencing a serious adverse event following vaccination should see their health care provider in the first instance or dial 000 in an emergency.'
The Therapeutic Goods Administration has been contacted.
The federal government has been heavily-criticised for its Covid-19 vaccine rollout after the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation advised earlier this month that people aged under 50 should not be vaccinated with the AstraZeneca jab due to the risk of deadly blood clots.
Australia had been relying on the AstraZeneca dose for the bulk of its vaccination program. Pictured: Prime Minister Scott Morrison tours the CSL vaccine manufacturing facility in Melbourne
It is not yet known whether the 48-year-old received the AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccine.
Australia had been relying on the AstraZeneca dose for the bulk of its vaccination program - but links to rare cases of blood clots in some countries has thrown the government's rollout into disarray.
News of the 48-year-old's death comes on the same day Denmark announced it will be ceasing use of the AstraZeneca jab all together, while under 30s in the UK are already being offered alternative vaccines.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison last week announced the government had ordered 20 million doses of the Pfizer jab to make up for the shortfall but it's not expected to arrive in Australia until the final quarter of 2021.