Family mourns NSW woman who died after Covid vaccine
The family of a NSW woman who died after receiving the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine have paid tribute to her.
Genene Norris, 48, from the Central Coast, died on Wednesday after taking the AstraZeneca vaccine and developing blood clots.
She was placed on dialysis after developing blood clots last Saturday, one day after receiving the vaccination.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) found her death “is likely to be linked to vaccination”.
In a statement issued on Saturday, the Norris family called her a “fun-loving, happy character”.
“We want to first thank everyone for your condolences, your understanding and for those who are grieving with us at this terribly sad and difficult time, we thank you for your love and support,” the Norris family said.
“Everyone who knew Genene talks of her fun-loving, happy character and her sense of service to those around her. Genene’s devotion to our family was deep and gave her much joy.
"Her passing leaves a gaping void in our family. We cannot believe that this time last week she was with us and now she is gone.”
The family also thanked the medical staff who treated Ms Norris before her death.
Will 'breakthrough infections' threaten our pandemic recovery?
Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly told reporters in Canberra on Friday that "people should be cautious about jumping to conclusions" over the case.
Professor Kelly said the benefits of the vaccination program far outweighed any harm, noting that Australia's zero local case level would not continue into the future.
"We will at some point in the future .... have cases here in Australia," he said.
"The chances of being infected will increase, so being vaccinated is protection not only for yourself but the people you care for.”
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