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Health authorities will investigate after an 82-year-old woman died in a Queensland aged-care facility after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.
Police confirmed they were called to the Yurana Blue Care aged-care facility in Springwood, south of Brisbane, about 1.30pm where a woman had died.
A police spokesman said the death was non-suspicious.
The woman, who received the Pfizer vaccine on Wednesday, also had underlying health conditions.
Federal Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said sadly more than 1000 people pass in aged care every week.
“It is inevitable, as the head of the TGA has noted, that this will include people who have recently been vaccinated,” he said.
“Any event that happens following vaccination is fully investigated.
“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.“
Professor Kelly said the TGA is monitoring COVID-19 vaccination in elderly patients across the world, and is in regular contact with global regulators.
“The TGA will continue to monitor the safety of COVID-19 vaccines as they are rolled out in Australia and internationally,” he said.
“As with any other reported case it is investigated although at this stage there are no signs of any causal link.”
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said on Wednesday more than 920,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered across the country.
“Significantly, we see with our aged care, we’re now at 969 clinics which have been conducted in residential aged care facilities for first doses and another 390 for second doses, with significant numbers being carried out today and during the course of the rest of the week,” he said.
Breaking news reporter at Brisbane Times.
Rachel Clun is a federal political reporter at The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, covering health.
Rachael Dexter is a breaking news reporter at The Age.