Italian girl dies after having AstraZeneca vaccine

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An 18-year-old woman died at Genoa's San Martino hospital on Thursday after suffering a blood clot following vaccination with the AstraZeneca jab on 25 May, ANSA reported. A causal link between the death of Camilla Canepa and the vaccination has not been established but the case has raised concerns about the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine on young people.

Canepa was given the jab during a vaccination 'open day' for over 18s.The AstraZeneca jab has been approved for all over-18s, but in Italy it is only recommended for over-60s due to links to rare cases of blood clots in younger people. This, however, is not an outright ban and the AstraZeneca jab is widely being used in Italy for under-60s, especially since the government made it possible for all adult age groups to book vaccinations, not just the oldest and people considered vulnerable.

The question has come to the fore with many young people keen to get vaccinated on a voluntary basis to obtain the Green Pass enabling them to travel and attend certain events.


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