Diabetes NSW & ACT CEO with type 1 has AstraZeneca vaccine

Monday, 19 April 2021

On Friday, April 16, News Corp asked Diabetes NSW & ACT CEO Sturt Eastwood for comment about the death of the woman who has since been identified as Genene Norris, 48,  from the NSW Central Coast. It has been reported in the media Mrs Norris lived with diabetes. The Therapeutic Goods Administration confirmed on Friday night that Mrs Norris’s death was likely linked to the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

Here is what Sturt and Dr Steve Stranks, President of the Australian Diabetes Society, said:

Statement from Sturt Eastwood, Diabetes NSW & ACT CEO:

First of all, I’d like to send my sympathy to the family and loved ones of the woman who has died.

Our offices have only received one call asking about the death of the woman in NSW.

I live with type 1 diabetes, I had the AstraZeneca vaccine last week, and I intend to have my follow-up injection.

We are monitoring the situation closely and will update our community if we receive new advice.

Dr Steve Stranks, President of the Australian Diabetes Society:

People with diabetes are not at higher risk of developing the very rare type of blood clots associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The Australian Government’s expert advice is that the risk of bloods clots with the AstraZeneca vaccine is very low.

The risk of severe COVID-19 illness for people with diabetes is far greater than the risk of complications with vaccines.

The recommendation remains that adults with diabetes should get vaccinated. We encourage people with diabetes to talk to their doctor or other health professional about their personal circumstances.

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