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Lauren Poolton, 20 yrs old

First Dose of AstraZeneca on 02/06/21

Birmingham, United Kingdom

20 yrs old

Q: What was your life like before you got the vaccine?

Battling blood cancer, but I enjoyed living life going to the gym, wine bars, and drinking at the beach.

Q: Would you like to share your reasons for getting vaccinated?

I was told by a GP, I had to protect the NHS who was putting themselves at risk for me.

Q: What was your reaction, symptoms, & timeline?

Neutropenia, sepsis, and double drop foot, struggle to stand, walk far, etc.

Q: What is your life like now, after getting the vaccine?

It’s been life changing, I struggle with stairs, the weight gain is hard. Prolonged standing is hard and cannot wear high heels.

Q: Share your experience with any medical care and any diagnoses you have received:

My local hospital started to give me physio intensive support and I am still receiving physio today!

Q: Was your reaction reported, and what was the response?

Adverse yellow card scheme and confirmed by doctors.

Q: Is there anything that has helped, and have your symptoms improved?

A little with help from physio.

Q: Have you had Covid before?


Q: What do you wish others knew?

I regret touching it. My mom begged me to speak to my hospital team too.

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