A woman has died in a Queensland nursing home hours after she reportedly received her first coronavirus vaccine.
Queensland Police confirmed the 82-year-old woman died on Wednesday and that her death was not being treated as suspicious.
The woman was living at the Yurana aged care facility in Springwood in southeast Queensland and received her vaccine around 10 am and died a few hours later.
It is not yet clear if the woman’s death was linked to the vaccine as she had a range of other health issues, including lung disease. this is coming after a Gloucester woman’s death happened a couple of hours after she received a coronavirus vaccination, says Dr Danny Avula, the state’s vaccine coordinator.
Drene Keyes, 58, died after getting a first dose of the Pfizer-Biotech vaccine Saturday in the town of Warsaw. Keyes waited 15 minutes after the shot to be observed by health care providers on-site, but soon after experienced vomiting and trouble breathing. She was taken to VCU Tappahannock Hospital, where she died.
A police spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia a report will be prepared for the coroner.
Blue Care has been contacted for comment.
On Thursday morning, National Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said “at this stage, there are no signs of any causal link”.
In a statement, Australia’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly said it is “inevitable” elderly people who get the vaccine will die soon after.
“Sadly more than 1000 people pass in aged care every week. It is inevitable, as the head of the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) has noted, that this will include people who have been recently vaccinated,” he said.
“The medical experts and the TGA will review the specifics of such cases and reach a conclusion based on the facts.
“It can be expected that older and more frail people in an aged care setting may pass away due to progression of underlying disease or natural causes, this does not mean the vaccine has contributed to this.”
He added the TGA is monitoring Covid vaccinations in elderly patients all over the world and is in contact with regulators across the globe.