Neil Astles, 59, died on April 4 a little over two weeks after receiving the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine. Pharmacist Dr Alison Astles said the death of her brother was a “complete shock” for the family but insisted Britons should still go ahead and get jabbed against the coronavirus despite the risks of blood clots. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said that despite studies showing that developing clots is possible after being vaccinated, the benefits of the jab still outweigh the risks.
Speaking to Sky News, Dr Astles said: “Complete shock, really. And you start, quite naturally, to feel very angry afterwards in terms of the whole unfairness of life.
“There’s the whole issue of ‘why Neil?’ which is a nonsensical sort of argument.
“The reason I sat her today is because as a pharmacist I understand about pharmaco-vigilance processes, the role of the MHRA, the balance of risks and benefits with absolutely every medicine you take.
“And the vaccine is no different. I still strongly believe that for the greater good of the population and to save the maximum number of lives that we can people should go ahead and have their vaccines.”
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