Five more suffer blood clotting after receiving AstraZeneca jab

A 66-year-old man in ICU in Queensland is among five Australians to have developed serious blood clots linked to the AstraZeneca jab in the past week.

Five more suffer blood clotting after receiving AstraZeneca jab

Five more people are being treated for serious blood clots linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine, the Therapeutic Goods Administration has said.

The cases are in a 74-year-old man and a 51-year-old woman from Victoria, a 66-year-old man from Queensland, a 64-year-old woman from Western Australia and a 70-year-old man from Tasmania.

Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young said the 66-year-old is in intensive care as a "direct result" of receiving the COVID jab on March 30.

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"(The) TGA has confirmed with me that they believe that his illness is a direct result of the AstraZeneca vaccine," Dr Young said.

"He received the first dose of the vaccine on 30 March … and presented to the Townsville hospital, where he was admitted and tested and it's now been confirmed that he… has most likely developed that syndrome."

Dr Young's announcement was followed by Tasmanian authorities announcing a 70-year-old man was in hospital with suspected blood clots following his AstraZeneca jab.

Tasmanian acting director of Public Health Dr Scott McKeown said the man reported symptoms seven days after the vaccine and was now in a stable condition in hospital.

Therapeutic Goods Administration head John Skerritt has cautioned that there are always the occasional adverse reactions to vaccines.

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A second Australia is now a confirmed case of blood clotting after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine.

"I just want to go back a step and remind people that for every thousand doses of either the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine administered we receive between six and seven on average adverse event reports," Professor Skerritt said.

"These are people who have felt unwell or have presented to a doctor or hospital after being vaccinated."

These "adverse event reports" are overwhelmingly fever, joint pain, muscle soreness, tiredness, nausea and vomiting, Professor Skerritt said.

Professor Skerritt has reassured Australians that the AstraZeneca vaccine was safe.

"Sadly, blood clotting including fatal blood clotting is actually quite a common cause of serious illness and death in Australia," he said.

People queue up to receive the coronavirus vaccine in Melbourne.

"We have talked about 50 cases a day being serious and this was before COVID vaccines."

Professor Skerritt said the benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine "still very significantly exceeds the risks".

"You'll notice that all of those people, one just, are over 50, but if you stop back and think about who is now getting the AstraZeneca vaccine, it is only with a few rare exceptions it is only people over 50," he said.

"So it is obvious that future cases will be in the over 50s."

The five new instances of blood clotting has not changed TGA advice to the government.

"Australia is not immune from community transmission and we're certainly not immune from cases coming in through hotel quarantine," Prof Skerritt said.

Empty vials of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

"Remember that the risk of serious illness or death dramatically increases by every 10 years of age once you turn 50."

Eleven cases of blood clotting in total have been linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine, of 1.4 million doses administered.

Of those, four are out of hospital already and two are back at work. A fifth is "doing well" in hospital.

All 16 cases of severe allergic reactions to the Pfizer vaccine in Australia have now recovered, TGA head John Skerritt has said.

"In Australia, there were 54 cases reported to 24 April but only 16 were genuine," he said.

"All of those people have recovered, they were often treated with adrenalin by their health care facility, and there's a warning with the vaccines that if you've had this sort of reaction to similar sorts of products or vaccines before don't get vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine."

Allergic reactions to the Pfizer vaccine in Australia were in line with worldwide figures.

AstraZeneca released a statement in the wake of the blood clot news.

"AstraZeneca is aware that there have been additional cases of thrombosis with thrombocytopaenia (TTS) reported in people who recently received the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, and that they are receiving treatment," the statement read.

"Patient safety remains AstraZeneca's highest priority and we continue to support regulators in Australia and overseas.

"Tens of millions of people have now received our vaccine across the globe. The extensive body of data from two large clinical datasets and real-world evidence demonstrate its effectiveness, reaffirming the role the vaccine can play during this public health crisis.

"Our global commitment remains to play an important role in addressing the current global health emergency posed by COVID-19 by providing a safe and effective vaccine, at no profit during the pandemic."

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Jarryd Hayne jailed for 2018 sexual assault

Former NRL star Jarryd Hayne has been sentenced to at least three years and eight months in jail for the sexual assault of a woman near Newscastle in 2018.

Jarryd Hayne jailed for 2018 sexual assault

Former NRL star Jarryd Hayne has been sentenced to at least three years and eight months jail for sexually assaulting a woman near Newcastle in 2018.

In sentencing, Judge Helen Syme said: "I do not accept that he was not aware that she was attempting to push him away and trying to physically resist him... it was very clear she said no several times".

"I have found the offender was fully aware that the victim was not consenting and went ahead anyway. His decision to do so increases the objective seriousness," she said.

The maximum time served will be five years and nine months.

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Earlier, he took what could have been his final steps as a free man as he was swarmed by supporters when he arrived at his sentence hearing.

Family and friends formed a wall around Hayne and his new wife Amellia, shielding them with umbrellas outside Newcastle District Court.

Inside court, his victim bravely spoke about the devastating impact the crime has had on her life.

"I have spent countless hours crying, the feeling of violation and feeling dirty doesn't go away. I have nightmares and flashbacks of his face looking right through me," the now 28-year-old said.

"Sometimes I can't get out of bed."

https://twitter.com/tiffgenders/status/1390166007256281094Jarryd Hayne goes into Newcastle Local Court for his sentencing hearing.

The woman, who can't be named, described feelings of anger, frustration, and wanting to die.

"What I experienced was horrible, nobody should ever have to feel that way. I am destroyed and damaged but I am still standing," she told the court.

"I am destroyed and damaged but I am still standing."

"Your body remembers and your mind doesn't forget. I survived this and I have protected a tiny spark of my life."

Hayne was found guilty in March of two counts of sexual intercourse without consent after meeting up with the woman on league grand final night in September 2018.

He kept a taxi waiting while he went inside the woman's home and assaulted her, before travelling back to Sydney.

A judge has already warned jail time is inevitable.

Hayne has always maintained the sex was consensual and has already flagged an appeal.

Jarryd Hayne is being sentenced today for sexually assaulting a woman.

Hayne, 33, was a superstar in the NRL, playing for Parramatta Eels and briefly for the Gold Coast Titans.

He then made a failed attempt to switch to professional American football, then very briefly in rugby union sevens.

Hayne told the court this morning that he was due to sign a contract with St George Illawarra Dragons on the day he was charged with sexual assault.

"Because the media were involved, the frenzy that it went in with the charges, I didn't hear from them after that," he said.

His former Parramatta teammate Tim Mannah addressed the court to give a reference for his best friend.

Mannah said he noticed a change in Hayne's behaviour after he attended a Bible college in Perth.

He said you can't have a five-minute conversation with Hayne "without him talking about something from the Bible".

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit 1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000.

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