ALTHOUGH the vaccines are considered “safe and effective” by health experts and agencies, side effects have been known to occur in some people. A 34-year-old woman died from a “sudden and catastrophic” side effect; here are the warning signs to spot.
The vaccine rollout in the UK continues, with the next age group set to be offered the jabs being five to 11-year-olds. The vaccine has been linked to plenty of benefits, ranging from a lower risk of catching and spreading Covid to even preventing death. But like any medicine, Covid vaccines are also associated with a list of possible side effects.
Eight days after getting her AstraZeneca vaccine, Kim Lockwood, 34, was struck down with an excruciating headache in March 2021.
Rushed into Rotherham Hospital, her health took a turn for the worse and she was pronounced dead.
The mum died from bleeding on the brain that was induced by a rare side effect of the Covid jab, the BBC reports.
According to the coroner’s report, the cause of death was determined as Vaccine-Induced Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia (VITT).
In case you’re not aware, thrombosis happens when blood clots block your blood vessels, Johns Hopkins Medicine explains.
Sadly, this condition triggered bleeding in the brain for the mum which proved fatal.
According to the Government data, this type of side effect is believed to be “extremely rare”.
The figures share there have been 78 deaths and 437 cases of thromboembolic events.
These statistics were estimated after administering 24.9 million first doses and 24.2 million second doses of the AstraZeneca jab.
Some evidence reports that the incidence of thromboembolic events seems higher in women compared to men.
However, the Government adds this is not seen across all age groups and the difference is only small.
“The advice remains that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks in the majority of people,” they concluded.