ATHENS – A 44-year-old woman who suffered a blood clot after being inoculated with the AstraZeneca vaccine died May 31 in the Intensive Care Unit of the University Hospital of Iraklio on the island of Crete, the latest victim.
Doctors confirmed that she was brain dead and informed her relatives before disconnecting her from life support, said Kathimerini, adding that she had gotten the first of two required shots earlier in May.
Within a few days she became ill and a week later developed symptoms of thrombosis that led to her hospitalization, reports that the development from the vaccine doesn't always respond properly to usual blood thinning treatments.
The death came less than a week after a 63-year-old Greek woman also died from the same type of reaction to the vaccine after the European Medicines Agency and Greece' vaccination committee said it was safe to use.
The National Vaccination Committee said then that the country’s inoculation program dubbed Eleftheria – for Freedom – will proceed without changes to the age limit for using AZ but warned it's risky for women under 50.
A British model, 39, on Cyprus, died from a brain hemorrhage weeks after getting the first of two required doses of the vaccine which had been allowed to be continued after earlier reports of blood cloths.
“The committee notes that the estimated risk of developing thrombocytopenic syndrome (TTS) after administration of this vaccine is higher in women under 50 years of age,” its President Maria Theodoridou said, reported Kathimerini.
That came after a special meeting to review the epidemiological data and whether to continue using AZ although the European Union is entangled in a dispute with the manufacturer over failures to meet delivery contracts.
The guideline for both of two doses of AZ will remain the same unless someone contracts a clot after the first shot. People being inoculated remain at centers for 15-30 minutes to check for side effects such as shock but the clots don't show until days or weeks later.
At that time there were 905,915 doses of AZ given in Greece and only five cases of blood clots while in the UK there were 15 cases out of nine million second doses, media reports said.
There was a report of another woman, 36, on the Peloponnese suffering a brain hemorrhage after getting an AZ shot, and taken to a hospital.
The death of a 39-year-old British model from a reported brain hemorrhage a few weeks after she got a first shot of AZ on Cyprus has led to age limits being set for the shots for now.