Family of man who died from a blood clot after AstraZeneca vaccine urge people to keep getting it, saying they trust the science


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The sister of a man who died from a blood clot after receiving the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine encouraged other people to continue taking it.

Dr Alison Astles told The Daily Telegraph’s Bill Gardner and Sarah Knapton that her family still urges people to take the shot, arguing that its effectiveness against the coronavirus far outweighs the risks.

Neil Astles, 59, got a single dose of the vaccine on March 17, the Telegraph reported. He died on April 4, around three weeks later. The Telegraph published a photo with his story:


The family of a Warrington solicitor who died from a blood clot after taking the AZ vaccine have urged the public to keep coming forward for the jab.

“We are suffering. But fewer people will die,” said the sister of Neil Astles, 59.

— Bill Gardner (@journobill) April 7, 2021

The interview with Dr Astles was published hours after the European regulator announced that potentially fatal blood clots can be an extremely rare side effect of the AstraZeneca vaccine and cerebral blood clots, and UK officials withdrew its use in under-30s.

Astles, a pharmacist and subject leader at the University of Huddersfield, said her brother had been “extraordinarily unlucky,” and urged people to continue taking the shot if offered it.

“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,” she said.

Astles said her brother, a local government lawyer in northwest England, had generally been fit and healthy.

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A week after his first vaccine dose, the Telegraph reported that he displayed some characteristic symptoms of blood clots, worsening headaches and loss of vision in his right eye.

Mr. Astles went to the emergency room after is symptoms got “a great deal worse.” After 10 days of worsening symptoms, Mr. Astles died on April 4, almost three weeks after receiving the vaccine, the Telegraph reported. 

“There was a strong suspicion right from the very beginning that it was the Astra vaccine because of his very low platelet levels,” she said. 

She said that “emotionally,” the family were furious at losing her brother, but intellectually, “there’s nothing in our minds to be really furious about. My brother was just extraordinarily unlucky.”

“Despite what has happened to our family, we strongly believe that everyone should go for their first and second doses of the …read more

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