Keep taking AstraZeneca vaccine, say family of man who died from blood clot


he family of a man who died from a blood clot after receiving an AstraZenecavaccine has urged the public to “keep saving lives” by taking up a jab when offered it.

Solicitor Neil Astles, 59, died in hospital on Easter Sunday after receiving his first AstraZeneca jab dose on March 17.

Dr Alison Astles told the Telegraph: “If we all have the vaccine, a few of us might have a blood clot but the evidence is that fewer people will die.

“We trust the process, we trust the regulator, and despite what has happened to our family, we don’t want people to be scared off. That’s the message we want to get across.”

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said the benefits still outweigh the risks overall but while it has not concluded that the vaccine causes rare brain clots, it said the link is getting firmer.

Regulators have recommended that people aged 18 to 29 should be offered the Pfizer, Moderna or other vaccines that come on stream as the programme continues to rollout across the UK.

The Prime Minister sought to boost public confidence in the Oxford-developed shot as he said the changes in its use would not force a change in the road map out of lockdown.

Mr Johnson told reporters in Cornwall: “These vaccines are safe, they’ve saved many thousands of lives and people should come forward to get their jabs and we’ll make sure that they get the right jabs.”



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