Attorney Neil Astles’ family – the first named person in Britain suspected of having died from side effects associated with the Oxford shock – has urged people to keep using the vaccine.
The 59-year-old received his first dose on March 17 and died in Liverpool hospital on Easter Sunday, reports The Daily Telegraph.
Since receiving the shock, he had suffered worsening headaches and impaired vision – two of the warning signs people should look out for now.
His sister, Dr. Alison Astles told the Daily Telegraph the family wanted people to keep getting the AstraZeneca bump because “fewer people will die”.
She added that her brother was “extremely unhappy” and urged people to carefully monitor the side effects.
Her words came after it was announced that an alternative vaccine would be offered to those under 30 while an investigation into the vaccine’s possible links to blood clots continues.
Those over 30 who received their first shock were advised that their second shock should have the same vaccine as their first shock.
A government spokesman said the Oxford vaccine is “safe, effective and has saved thousands of lives”.
They added: “Anyone who has already received a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine should be given a second dose of the same brand regardless of age, except for the very small number of people who developed low platelet blood clots when they were first vaccinated .
“The government will be following today’s updated advice which, as a precautionary measure, puts forward an alternative vaccine whenever possible, as soon as possible, to people under 30 with no underlying health condition.”