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Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said in a press briefing on Wednesday that assessments have confirmed three older people's deaths reported to the Centre for Adverse Reactions Monitoring (CARM) database suggest no evidence linked to the Covid-19 Pfizer Vaccine.
The assessment was confirmed by regulatory medical assessors and clinicians who treated the three believed to be in their 80s.
All three deaths reported to the Centre for Adverse Reactions Monitoring database, which monitors the safety of all medicines and Vaccines, shows they were submitted within a period of a few days or shortly after vaccination.
Any adverse reaction can be reported to CARM. It does not indicate that the medicine or Vaccine is the final cause of an event reported.
“This is good practice that any death that occurs within a period after a vaccination,” Bloomfield said.
“It’s good the report has been made but we want to wait until the medical assessors have had a chance to look at those deaths and determine if there was any likely link to the vaccine.”
Because the deaths were recently reported, an investigation takes time to determine the cause of death and any links to Vaccines.
If someone does die within 28 days after leaving Hospital, an investigation can occur to determine and look into the cause of death and see if there are any links to Vaccines.
The latest report by MedSafe shows over 80,000 doses of the Vaccine have been administered by April 3. Only 19 reports were said to be ‘serious' while 644 were ‘non-serious' — up to today, more than 268,000 first doses & 120,000 second doses have been administered.
There are no safety concerns identified regarding the Pfizer Vaccine to date.
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