Dad-of-4, 48, died of Covid after getting first dose of Pfizer vaccine 2 days before he was diagnosed
A TRAGIC dad-of-four died of Covid after getting the first dose of the Pfizer jab just two days before he was diagnosed.
Chris Moore, 48, had been shielding during the pandemic but returned to his job as an NHS administrator at the end of last year.
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He was given the first dose of the vaccine on January 2 but began to show Covid symptoms two days later.
Chris, from County Durham, was diagnosed with the virus and taken to hospital with breathing difficulties but sadly died four weeks later.
His heartbroken family are not sure how he contracted the bug but do not believe it was linked to the vaccine, Chronicle Live reports.
Neither the Pfizer or Oxford/AstraZeneca jab is 100 per cent effective at preventing Covid-19, even after both doses have been given.
It means a very small number of people who have the jabs could still develop the disease.
The four chief medical officers of the UK have said they are "confident" the first dose provides substantial protection within two to three weeks.
Tributes have now flooded in for Chris, who was a loving husband to his wife Helen, 47, and their four children Rebecca, 19, Daniel, 17, James, 16, and Thomas, 12.
Family friend David Coxon said: "He was a family person and we see photos of them as a family and they are always smiling.
“He was a loving husband and Helen often described him as her soulmate.
“Obviously, I think he was a very caring and very loving person. He always seemed to be a smiling and happy and fun person.”
Tragically Chris would have been celebrating his birthday in two days, which falls on the same day as son Daniel will turn 18.
He and wife Helen, who works in a pharmacy, had been shielding but Chris made the decision to return to work around Christmas.
The dad was given the first dose of the Pfizer jab but soon began developing symptoms and was taken to hospital January 10.
He was put on the regular ward after he seemed to be recovering but relapsed "quite quickly", David said.
Chris was ventilated and given oxygen as the family were called to go and visit him.
David said: "Again, he made a little bit of a recovery after seeing Helen but she was told he needed kidney dialysis as well but he didn’t really get any better after that.
“They were called again and they were told he was seriously poorly and Helen had to go and be with him. He passed away then.
“Even though Chris hadn’t gone out the only days Chris really could have caught covid were going to work or actually the trip to hospital to get the covid vaccination, so tragically it could be ultimately that going for a coronavirus vaccination that led to him catching coronavirus.
"The sad truth is that they are never going to know if it came from.”
David said he is speaking on behalf of Helen, who wants people to be aware the virus still exists as lockdown restrictions are gradually eased from next month.
He has now set up a JustGiving page to help the grieving family and buy a new car after Chris's company vehicle was returned after his death.
David said: “You may have heard that during the pandemic the NHS are supporting the families of staff that have lost a loved one to Covid, but as an NHS administrator the family aren’t eligible to any help at all.
"They say that you don’t move on from grief, you move forward with it, but with 4 children to support, that journey is considerably easier if you haven’t also lost the family car.
I think the JustGiving page is something Helen can keep looking at and see the comments coming in.
“How much to the people he worked with and to the family friends as well.”
It comes after the Government's plan to leave a three month gap between the necessary two vaccine doses.
Originally patients were to be given their second dose 21 days after the first, giving them the optimal level of protection.
The change was made in order to speed up the roll-out during the most serious point of the pandemic, spread doses across a larger population, and therefore save more lives.
Experts say that vaccines can take weeks to build immunity, and therefore people must continue to be careful and follow the rules after having their first dose.
A total of 17.9million people have been given a first dose of the vaccine in the UK with 642,788 receiving a second jab.
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