Mum’s face and body erupt in agonising rash after getting AstraZeneca Covid jab

A mum's face, arms, chest, backs and legs erupted into an agonising red rash after she received the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine.

Leigh King claimed her skin flared up almost immediately after she was given the first dose two weeks ago, and says it is still sore now.

The 41-year-old, from North Lanarkshire, Scotland, said: "My skin was so sore and constantly hot.

"I have never felt pain like this, and to say it's been the worst time of my life is an absolute understatement."

Hairdresser Leigh was invited to receive the vaccine because she is the sole carer for her autistic 13-year-old son Aidan, but she claims she has been unable to look after him because of her rashes.

Britain's drug regulator lists rashes as an "uncommon" side effect of the AstraZeneca jab, affecting up to 100 people, and has recorded 3,795 cases so far.

It is not clear whether Leigh suffered an allergic reaction to the jab or whether her rash was because of her immune system's natural overreaction to the jab.

The regulator does not list them as a possible reaction to the Pfizer vaccine but a few thousand Britons have also reported suffering rashes after getting the jab.

More than 30 million people have received the first dose of the Covid vaccine so far, with the majority supplied by AstraZeneca, produced at Oxford University.

The Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines have also been approved for use.

Leigh said she received her first jab on March 12, but was still suffering from the pain two weeks later.

She claimed she visited hospital for help three times but was turned away by doctors despite the pain being so bad she could "barely walk out" on the final visit.

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The mum said: "I am a very healthy person and am not on any medication or anything like that. I am not even in a vulnerable category.

"I only got the vaccine as I am an unpaid carer for my son who has autism and mobility issues.

"But I haven’t even been able to care for him since I got the vaccine as I am in such pain."

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said all jabs go through a rigorous quality check to ensure they are safe before they are approved.

NHS England said it could not comment on individual cases, but insisted the jabs approved for use in the UK met "strict standards" on quality, safety and efficacy.

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