‘Fit and healthy’ UK engineer Dies Weeks after getting COVID-19 Vaccine

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A ‘fit and healthy’ engineer has tragically died just three weeks after taking the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine.

Jack Last, 27, died at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge on Tuesday, April 20, just 11 days after attending A&E because he was suffering from headaches.

The field service engineer, from Stowmarket, Suffolk, who was ‘fit as ever’, according to his family, was surprised to be offered his first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine because he did not have any underlying conditions.

Despite this, he went to an appointment at Trinity Park in Ipswich, Suffolk, on March 30 with ‘no fuss’, his sister Jasmine, 32, revealed.

He did not know why he was called forward for the jab at the age of 27, and neither did his family. MailOnline has contacted the Department of Health and Social Care for comment.

Now his devastated family want to know why he was offered the jab as they wait for the results of a post-mortem to confirm the cause of his untimely death.

Jasmine said: ‘Jack was moved to Addenbrooke’s Hospital from West Suffolk on April 11, as he started to get a bleed on the brain.

‘We’re waiting for the post-mortem results and the inquest date to be confirmed – but we do believe that his death was linked to the vaccine.

‘It was very unusual for Jack to feel unwell at all. To my knowledge, he had never had a day off work due to illness.’

The AstraZeneca vaccine has been linked to rare and potentially life-threatening blood clots in the brain.

Last week, the UK’s medicines regulator, MHRA, announced there have been 32 deaths in Britain linked to rare blood clots, out of 21.2m people receiving the AstraZeneca jab up to April 14.

Yesterday Jack’s family, from Stowmarket, would not comment on the circumstances surrounding his death until they received the post-mortem results.

But Jasmine paid tribute to her younger brother saying he ‘made everyone happy and was always smiling’.

She said: ‘He really was an amazing brother. He bought us all so much happiness.’

Jasmine, mother to Jack’s four-year-old nephew, Reggie, described her brother as an ‘adventurer’, and said: ‘He did so much with his life.

‘He managed to fit in so much including canoeing, canyoning, going in a shark cage, bungee jumping, the world’s longest zip wire, and saw AC/DC live.

‘Everything you did with Jack was so much better just because he was there. He was always laughing and smiling, and he was an amazing uncle to my son Reggie who he adored.’

Aged 18, Jack got his Private Pilot’s Licence, and regularly flew around East Anglia and beyond.

Jasmine said: ‘He would always tell us to look for him in the sky.’

In 2016, Jack spent six months working with the British Antarctic Survey in Antarctica, where he drove a traverse system to drop off scientific equipment.

And in 2018, he got his US Pilot’s Licence, and travelled to California, where he flew over the Golden Gate Bridge, past the Hollywood sign and over the deserts.

Jasmine added that Jack was ‘unsure’ why he had been invited to have his vaccine, because he was ‘as fit as ever’.

She said: ‘He didn’t know why he’d been told to book the appointment. But Jack was a very easy-going guy – he wasn’t one to make a fuss.

‘So quite simply, as he received the text that he should be booking it up, he did just that and booked it up with no fuss. That was was his nature.’

Jack’s inquest is due to be held at a later date.

Jasmine added: ‘He was the best brother I could have ever asked for, and I will really miss him.

‘Jack’s family and friends will remember how he always made them laugh with his witty sense of humour and how he made everyone feel happy to be with him.

‘We are all devastated and are not sure what we are going to do without him.’

Lisa Nobes, Chief Nurse for the Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System, said: ‘We were deeply saddened to learn of Jack’s passing and our thoughts are with his loved ones, who we remain in contact with as we fully investigate the circumstances surrounding his death.’

An Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency spokesperson said: ‘We are saddened to hear about the death of Jack Last and our thoughts are with the family.

‘As with any serious suspected Adverse Drug Reaction (ADR), reports with a fatal outcome are fully evaluated by the MHRA, including an assessment of post-mortem details if available.

‘Our detailed and rigorous review into reports of blood clots occurring together with thrombocytopenia is ongoing.’


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