A British model on Cyprus who received a first AstraZeneca vaccination on May 6 has died in a hospital after a blood clot that reportedly caused a brain hemorrhage, The Cyprus Mail said.
Stephanie Dubois was said to have been in a coma before she died and Cypriot health officials are investigating to see if the "serious thrombotic episode" was linked to the AZ vaccine she got.
Her death will be investigated by the European Medicines Agency (EMA,) Charalambos Charilaou, a Cypriot health spokesperson told the British newspaper The Times and that it's not been established if the vaccine caused the clot as happened in other cases.
Eight days after having her vaccine she posted on her Facebook page that she was unwell and was undergoing tests.
“I have had my bloods done and there is definitely something off as my white blood cell count is high, but they don’t know what it is causing it,” she said.
“The doctors here are great and will be checking in with me on Sunday to see how I am doing. Maybe I’m having a prolonged reaction to my Covid jab last week, or maybe those side effects affected my immune system and I’ve caught something else In the process,” she added.
“I am completely drained, no energy and my whole body hurts with sore and weak joints … but it is better than it was this morning,” the post said a few days before a final message that showed her arm bruised from various tests by doctors, the British newspaper The Independent said.
By May 19 the model, who split her time between the United Kingdom and Cyprus, had fallen into a coma at Nicosia hospital and “was not expected to come out of it,” according to Andrew Powers, a friend, told the paper.
Cyprus resumed using the AZ vaccine on March 18 after following a number of other European nations in suspending its use over concerns about reports of blood clots but it was cleared anyway by the EMA, which said the benefits outweigh the risks, except for those who died.
Only two other people have developed blood clots after the vaccine in Cyprus and both had underlying health conditions. Neither of the individuals died, the report said.
Elena Panayiotopoulou, head of the pharmaceutical services at the Ministry of Health, said further investigation is needed to find out if the vaccine and the British model’s death are linked.
She told the Sun Online: “We may never be sure that her death is linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine. What she suffered is very, very rare, although we do know that thrombosis cytopenia syndrome can also be suffered by people who have not had the vaccine,” she said.
“A lot of further investigation needs to be conducted to see if there is any correlation between the two incidents.”
A 39-year-old British woman who received the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine that has been tied to blood clots but was cleared for us, died in a Cypriot hospital from a clot three weeks after getting her shot, the Cyprus News Agency said.
She was not identified and Charalambos Charilaou, spokesperson for the state health services, told CNA that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) would investigate the death.
She was treated at Nicosia General Hospital's intensive care unit and reports said she got the first dose of the vaccine on May 6 in the resort town of Paphos on the western coast of the Mediterranean island and suffered symptoms days later.
Four other cases of "mild" blood clotting incidents -three of which occurred after an AstraZeneca shot and one after a Pfizer jab are also being investigated by Cyprus officials.
Patients wait 15-30 minutes after shots to check for any potentially dangerous side effects but the AZ incidents have happened days or weeks later and some countries have restricted or stopped using the vaccine despite EMA clearance.
The scientific body overseeing Britain's coronavirus vaccination programme has recommended under-40s be offered an alternative to AstraZeneca jabs, said Medical Xpress in a report.
Α 63-year-old woman who was being treated on the Greek island of Lesbos for blood clots after getting an AZ vaccine died May 25, her case one of four being investigated for potential correlation with the clotting.
Hers is the only confirmed case of vaccine induced clotting in Greece according to the National Organization for Medicines (EOF), while an official verdict is awaited for at least another three blood clotting incidents in Greece among 740,000 shots.