A mother’s arm and chest erupted into a painful red rash after being injected with the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine.
Leigh King, a 41-year-old hairdresser from North Lanarkshire, said her skin flared up almost immediately after getting her first dose two weeks ago – and is still painful today.
“My skin was so sore and constantly warm,” she said. “I’ve never felt such pain … and to say it was the worst time of my life is an absolute understatement.”
Ms. King said she was unable to care for her 13-year-old autistic son Aidan because of the burning rash, who is now afraid to come near her.
She went to the hospital three times for help, but was rejected by doctors, despite the pain being so bad that she ‘could barely walk out’ on the last visit.
The UK drug regulator lists a rash as an ‘unusual’ side effect of the AstraZeneca shot – which affects up to one in 100 people – and has recorded 3,795 cases to date.
It doesn’t mention they are a possible reaction to the Pfizer vaccine, but a few thousand Brits have also reported having a rash after getting this shot.
To date, more than 34 million injections have been delivered in the UK, the majority of which are said to have been delivered by AstraZeneca.
NHS England said it could not comment on individual cases, but that the jabs approved for use in the UK met ‘strict standards’ of quality, safety and efficacy.
Leigh King, a 41-year-old hairdresser from North Lanarkshire, said her skin erupted into a rash almost immediately after she received the AstraZeneca vaccine. The UK drug regulator cites a rash as a possible side effect of the coronavirus vaccine
Ms. King added that the pain was painful, had persisted for more than two weeks, and did not allow her to care for her 13-year-old autistic son Aidan.
WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS OF THE ASTRAZENECA COVID VACCINE?
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has listed the below side effects of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Very common (may affect more than 1 in 10 people)
- Tenderness, pain, warmth, itching, or bruising where the injection is given;
- Feeling generally unwell
- Feeling tired (fatigue)
- Chills or feverish feeling;
- Feeling sick (nausea)
- Joint or muscle pain.
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)
- Swelling, redness, or lump at the injection site;
- Being sick (vomiting) or diarrhea;
- Flu-like symptoms, such as fever, sore throat, runny nose, cough, and chills.
Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)
- Feeling dizzy;
- Decreased appetite;
- Stomach ache;
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Excessive sweating, itchy skin, or rash.
Mrs. King received her first dose of the Oxford shot on March 12, but was still in pain more than two weeks later.
‘I am a very healthy person and I do not use medicines or anything like that. I don’t even belong to a vulnerable category, ”she said.
‘I only got the vaccine because I am an unpaid caregiver for my son with autism and mobility problems. But I haven’t even been able to take care of him since I got the vaccine because I’m in so much pain. ‘
She followed medical advice and waited 48 hours before seeking a doctor, but was sent away every time. She is now waiting for a skin specialist.
Speaking of the impact on her family, she said Aidan is afraid to come near her because of the red skin and “has a hard time understanding what’s going on.”
‘Home is his happy place and I am his best friend. I got this vaccine to take care of Aidan, but I couldn’t even do that.
‘He’s going to see a specialist in Glasgow soon and I can’t be there for him. I can’t be there when he needs me the most. ‘
Ms. King added that she is not against vaccines, but feels that she has been “ abandoned at every level ” and that her case has not been properly followed up.
It’s unclear whether the AstraZeneca vaccine caused her skin reaction.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said all injections undergo rigorous quality control to ensure they are safe before being approved.
A rash can be caused by a variety of factors, including pollen irritating the skin, insect bites, and exposure to heat.
A spokesperson for the NHS said: “Any coronavirus vaccine that is approved must go through all the clinical studies and safety checks that all other licensed drugs undergo. The MHRA follows international safety standards.
‘Other vaccines are being developed. They are not available on the NHS until they have been thoroughly tested to ensure they are safe and effective.
To date, millions of people have received a Covid-19 vaccine and reports of serious side effects, such as allergic reactions, are very rare. No long-term complications have been reported. ‘
The government has ordered more than 100 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, the doses of which are usually produced in three plants in the UK.
It has also ordered 40 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 17 million of the Moderna injection to be distributed in the coming weeks.
Mrs. King pictured with her son Aidan. The mother said she had visited the hospital three times with her rash, but was rejected by doctors. The advice says you should go to hospital if a possible side effect persists for more than 48 hours after getting the injection
It comes after Germany stopped the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine for young people under 60 after 31 cases of a rare blood clot in 2.7 million doses administered.
Angela Merkel defended Germany’s decision last night when she and Emmanuel Macron reached out to Vladimir Putin to get Moscow’s Sputnik V shot into the EU.
The Chancellor insisted that “confidence comes from knowing that every suspicion, every individual case, will be investigated.”
But studies show that public confidence in the vaccine in EU countries has fallen during months of back and forth over the shot, which experts from the UK, WHO and EU have found safe and effective in preventing from Covid-19.
With the rollout of AstraZeneca again embroiled in chaos, Merkel and Macron last night discussed partnering with the Kremlin to produce Sputnik V within the EU, which would amount to a major propaganda coup for Putin.
Some politicians in Germany have already called for approval of the Sputnik V, as the AstraZeneca feud hinders a prodding program that is already struggling to pick up the pace in the EU.
Merkel, 66 years old and a trained scientist, said she is open to getting the AstraZeneca shot herself, adding that “the possibility of getting vaccinated is approaching.”
“I said that when it is my turn, I will get vaccinated, also with AstraZeneca,” she said.