The tragic death of Lisa Shaw shows why smearing those with concerns over Covid vaccines as ‘anti-vaxxers’ is wrong | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED X-Frame-Options: DENY X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN

The tragic death of Lisa Shaw shows why smearing those with concerns over Covid vaccines as ‘anti-vaxxers’ is wrong

The official coroner’s finding that BBC radio presenter Lisa Shaw died as a result of complications from the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine should give those who have been vilifying the ‘vaccine-hesitant’ pause for thought.

If Lisa Shaw hadn’t taken a Covid vaccine then she would, in all probability, still be alive today. The mother of one, a popular presenter at BBC Radio Newcastle, was only 44 years old and fit and healthy, with no known underlying conditions.

Yet take the Covid vaccine she did on April 29, despite being in a very low risk category – and complications from it killed her. That’s not a ‘conspiracy theory’ – or the view of an ‘anti-vaxxer’ – it’s the official coroner’s report. All our thoughts go out to Lisa's devastated family and friends.

Vaccines generally have been a great boon for humanity, but no vaccines are totally safe. Some, though, are safer than others for different age groups. It is worth noting that at the time poor Lisa had her first AstraZeneca dose in late April, the vaccine had already been suspended or temporarily banned in a number of Western countries over concerns it could cause dangerous blood clots in some recipients.

But not Britain.

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