On 27 May 2021, the Minister proudly boasted on his Facebook page, that he had received his first dose of the Astra Zeneca vaccine. However, in a feeble attempt to cleanse the internet, that Facebook post has since been deleted, but can still be viewed here in googlecache.
The Minister must have forgotten that he also shared that post on LinkedIn as well.
The second dose
In the normal course of events, the Minister would have been due to receive a second dose of Astra Zeneca on or around 19 August 2021, approximately 12 weeks after the first dose. However, due to the recent alleged outbreak of coronavirus in NSW, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommended on 13 July 2021 that the second dose can be administered between four and eight weeks after the first dose.
A spokesperson from his Ryde office refused to confirm if the Minister had recently received a second dose of Astra Zeneca, citing privacy reasons.
An adverse event of special interest to the TGA
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) claims to be monitoring the incidence of Bell’s Palsy following Covid-19 vaccination.
Adverse events of special interest that we are monitoring for both vaccines include:
- clotting disorders without thrombocytopenia (low platelets) including stroke, pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis
- thrombocytopenia without thrombosis
- acute cardiac injury, for example myocarditis and pericarditis, heart failure and cardiogenic shock, arrhythmia
- facial weakness or paralysis, for example Bell’s palsy
- loss of sense of taste or smell (also called ageusia or anosmia)
- Guillain-Barre syndrome.
Some of these adverse events are being monitored because of a theoretical link to COVID-19 disease such as stroke, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis and loss of sense of taste or smell. Other events, including Guillain-Barre syndrome, myocarditis and pericarditis, Bell’s palsy and seizures, are being monitored because they have been observed with other vaccines.
Earlier this month, the Minister posted on LinkedIn that he welcomes a vaccine passport. Shame on you Minister.
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