A young woman has died after plunging from a building into a busy laneway as a friend claims she copped backlash in her personal life for refusing to get a Covid vaccine.
Emergency services were called to Sydney’s northern beaches about 11.20am on Saturday after the woman was found near a popular pedestrian strip in Manly.
Despite the best efforts of paramedics, the young woman died at the scene.
Multiple sources close to the woman told Daily Mail Australia she had faced criticism due to her stance on vaccination.
Emergency services were called to The Corso, in Manly, (pictured) about 11.20am on Saturday after a woman plunged from a building into a laneway
Police officers taped off the alley way between The Corso and Rialto Lane as they launched an investigation
It is understood the woman was a foreign national who did not have any family in Australia.
Bouquets of flowers and tribute cards written in several languages were piled along the alley way between The Corso and Rialto Lane over the weekend as mourners visited the site to pay their respects.
Married At First Sight star Dean Wells, who was a friend of the woman, shared a touching tribute on Instagram as he called for Australians to respect people’s decisions to remain unvaccinated.
‘She was a sane, intelligent, lovely, completely normal person who did not believe in being forced to get a jab,’ he wrote on Monday.
‘No matter what your stance, there are many people in the community that are feeling pressured by mandates, losing their livelihood, being segregated from the rest of society and more.
Flowers have been piled along the laneway where she died as mourners visited the site over the weekend
Notes written in English and Japanese have been laid at the site for the woman, who is understood to be a foreign national
‘This madness has to end. We need to accept people’s choices and have understanding and compassion for everyone. Not just those who have the same views as us. R.I.P.’
The young woman’s mate Dean Wells, of Married at First Sight fame
Covid vaccines are very effective at stopping deaths and hospitalisations, with a study of 3.4million Americans finding Pfizer is 95 per cent effective at preventing serious illness.
A similar study of AstraZeneca in the UK found the Oxford vaccine is 80 per cent effective at preventing severe sickness in Covid-19 patients.
While some Australians remain hesitant to get the jab, the majority of NSW residents are fully vaccinated.
As of Tuesday, 75.2 per cent of over 16s across the state had received both doses, while 90.8 per cent have had one shot of a vaccine.
NSW Police taped off the scene on Saturday as they launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the woman’s death.
Her death is not being treated as suspicious.
A report is being prepared for the Coroner.
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NSW Police initially set up a crime scene before deeming her death non-suspicious following an investigation