Brit model Stephanie Dubois, 39, dies from ‘very rare’ blood clot after getting Covid jab in Cyprus
A BRITISH model who suffered a 'very rare' blood clot has died days after being given the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in Cyprus.
Stephanie Dubois, 39, suffered a “serious thrombotic episode” after being given the jab in the town of Paphos.
Charalambos Charilaou, Cypriot health service spokesman, said that her death would be invesigated by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
Health officials at Cyprus’s main state hospital in the capital, Nicosia, said that she had no underlying health conditions.
Dubois received the first dose of the vaccination on May 6 and posted on Facebook: “So I had the vaccination today! I hate needles, today was no exception . . . And now I feel horrendous . . . pizza and bed for me.”
On May 14 she was taken to hospital with breathing problems. She wrote: “Woke up feeling fine and then within an hour I had full body shakes, all my joints seized and I was struggling to breathe and was cold to the bone with a persistent headache and dizziness.
Does the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine cause blood clots?
UK body,Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency weekly summary of vaccine side effects said: “On the basis of this ongoing scientific review, it has been concluded that the evidence of a link with Covid-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca is stronger, but more work is still needed.”
European regulators have been more concrete in their findings.
Speaking at the European Medicines Agency briefing on April 7, Dr Sabine Straus, EMA safety committee chairwoman, said: “Our conclusion is that these clotting disorders are very rare side effects of the vaccine."
The “unusual” blood clotting should be listed as a “possible side effect of the vaccine”, the EMA's safety committee decided.
For all the Covid-19 vaccines, England’s deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam has previously described blood clots as "vanishingly rare" but "quite serious".
The MHRA said the overall incidence of blood clots with low platelets after a first dose is put at 10.5 per million doses, and about one in a million for a second dose.
There have been 49 deaths, meaning the odds of someone getting a fatal blood clot is 2.1 per million.
But this goes up to 4.5 for those aged 30 to 39.
The MHRA gives a weekly update on figures here.
“Mum and dad came to look after me and took me for a Covid test, which thankfully was negative . . . but it still doesn’t explain what the problem is. Maybe I’m having a prolonged reaction to my Covid jab last week.”
By May 19 she had slipped into a coma and “was not expected to come out of it”, according to Andrew Powers, a friend.
Local media reported that she had suffered a brain haemorrhage and died on Saturday afternoon.
In March, Cyprus suspended AstraZeneca shots pending a review by the EMA.
Germany, France and other EU member states followed suit but re-introduced the jab on March 18.
Only two other people in Cyprus developed blood clots after the AstraZeneca vaccination. Both had underlying health issues and neither died.
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