Quebec has recorded its first death linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine — a woman who developed a blood clot in her brain, public health director Dr. Horacio Arruda announced on Tuesday.
“It’s sad,” Arruda said. “My sincerest sympathy to the family.”
Premier François Legault later confirmed the woman’s age as 54.
In a statement Tuesday afternoon, the Montreal University Health Centre confirmed “the death of a person in one of our hospitals, possibly linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine. However, confirmatory tests are pending.”
Quebec has detected four blood clot cases possibly linked to the AstraZeneca shot so far, only one of which has resulted in a death. One case was confirmed in a person who is recovering, and two other cases are under investigation.
The latter two cases “could be associated to the vaccine or not; there needs to be a confirmation test,” Arruda said. “It happens (that) people get vaccinated and have a blood clot but it’s not associated to this phenomenon.”