A graduate who died after having an AstraZeneca jab had incorrect information

Jack Hurn, 26, has been described as “a model son, a model brother, a loyal partner and a best friend to many” (Images: PA)

A 26-year-old man has died from a complication caused by the AstraZeneca vaccine after a doctor gave him outdated information.

Jack Hurn’s doctor told him there was a one in 250,000 chance that he would develop a blood clot from the sting when the likelihood was actually much lower at one in 50,000.

At the time, the under-40s were supposed to be offered an alternative to the AstraZenca shot because younger people were more likely to develop problems with it.

However, people can choose to receive the sting if their decision is properly informed.

Mr Hurn, from Redditch in Worcestershire, went to be inoculated on 29 May last year, but the Revival Fires vaccine hub in Dudley ran out of Pfrizer shares.

So the automotive design graduate decided to go ahead and accept AstraZeneca’s vaccine.

He fell ill within eight days and had to go to hospital for emergency surgery.

Despite this, he died on June 11 – just under two weeks after receiving the sting.

Mr Hurn studied car design at Coventry University before he died (Image: PA)
Mr Hurn’s family said they were “struggling to make ends meet” with their loss (Image: PA)
Mr. Hurn’s girlfriend Alex Jones received the sting on the same day as him (Image: PA)

Birmingham coroner Emma Brown recorded a narrative verdict on Friday.

She said: ‘It is agreed that Jack was told that the risk was one in 250,000. There can be no doubt that he took that on board.

“At the time, the Joint Committee on Vaccines and Immunization advised that it was preferable for adults under 40 without underlying conditions to be offered an alternative to the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.

‘But people could make an informed choice to get the AstraZeneca vaccine for earlier protection.

‘Jack didn’t get all the information to make an informed choice. In particular, the risk of complications for his age group was underestimated. ‘

Mr Hurn’s family said: ‘Jack was our world. Our family will never be complete without him and we are still struggling to accept his death.

– All Jack wanted to do in life was be the model son, model brother, loyal partner, best friend to many, good citizen and be the best person in everything he did.

“I think we can say as parents that in his 26 years he has achieved all this and that he has done so with an abundance of courtesy, humility, courtesy, but nuanced by the wonderful sense of humor he had, which for everyone, who knew him was a legend.

– People were attracted to Jack, there were no barriers with him and he felt special people from all walks of life.

– His dream of a family to grow up to be a good dad was cruelly taken away.

‘This week’s survey, while painful, helped us understand more about the circumstances surrounding what happened both at the vaccine clinic and at the hospitals in Redditch and Birmingham.

‘But it’s clear there were glitches, delays and inconsistencies that meant Jack didn’t get the level of care we’d want him to get.’

An NHS England spokesman in Midland said: “Our sincere condolences to Jack Hurn’s family and friends for the tragic loss they have suffered, and we recognize how difficult it will be to relive the events this week.

“A number of immediate actions were taken as a result of the incident, and we will continue to work with our partners with respect to the forensic pathologist’s findings.”

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