Jack Hurn, a 26-year-old graduate from Redditch, passed away in June 2021 after receiving his first dose of AstraZeneca at a Dudley vaccine centre on 29th May 2021.
His heartbroken family is set to take legal action over his death. They are considering a clinical negligence claim and they hope that an inquest will open into his death on Monday to provide the answers they seek.
Lawyers for the family have said that Jack and his girlfriend Alex Jones were informed that there was no Pfizer vaccine available the day that they went to be vaccinated. The couple had allegedly asked staff about alternative vaccines because they were ‘aware of concerns around the use of AstraZeneca’ for younger people.
Lawyers have revealed that medical advice at the time recommended that under-30s should not receive AstraZeneca and should receive an alternative because it had been divulged that people under the age of 30 were at higher risk for blood clots.
The safety concerns surrounding the use of AstraZeneca first came to light in January 2021 which prompted EU nations to shun the Oxford-designed, British-made vaccine en masse.
The single-dose Johnson & Johnson injection has also been linked to the same adverse complication.
The risk was reported to be ‘extremely rare’, with less than one in 100,000 experiencing the clots.
Regulators purportedly analysed the data and alleged the benefits far outweighed the risk for the majority of people
Staff allegedly assured the couple that AstraZeneca was safe, so they went ahead with their vaccinations.
Two weeks after the injection, Jack passed away from blood clots on his brain.
Mr Hurn, originally from Devon, started suffering from headaches within days of having his vaccine and passed away on 11th June 2021 at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital after doctors allegedly diagnosed him with ‘catastrophic’ blood clots on the brain.
Mr Hurn, an automotive graduate, had just recently purchased his first home with Ms Jones, who had also received the AstraZeneca injection at the same time. Ms Jones discovered after Mr Hurn’s death that he had been planning on proposing to her that summer.
Mr Hurn’s family have given instructions to clinical negligence specialists at Midlands law firm FBC Manby Bowdler, after raising concerns about advice given at the vaccine clinic as well as concerns about the standard of care that was received once Mr Hurn had fallen ill and attended hospital.
An inquest is due to be held on 23rd May at Birmingham and Solihull Coroner’s Court.