A woman whose fiancé died from an AstraZeneca jab a year ago has now received payment from the NHS.
The UK’s AstraZeneca shot was approved by international bodies as a safe coronavirus vaccine in late 2020.
Lord Zion, 48, died in hospital the same month, days after receiving the jab, which caused an ‘excruciating headache’.
Her fiancé Vicky Spitt, 38, had earlier said that losing her partner felt like “having torn half of myself”.
She had to take out a loan to cover the cost of Zion’s funeral, and without her usual contributions, her household income saw a ‘massive drop’.
Last June Vicky had to borrow money from his family to make a legal claim for payment from the NHS.
She was finally paid £120,000 last week – the maximum offered by the NHS Business Services Authority’s (NHSBSA) Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme.
But she told GB News today that the money doesn’t go very far when it is used to pay off all her debts.
He also stressed that those who receive payment for the vaccine due to disabilities and permanent illnesses will have ‘ongoing medical expenses for the rest of their lives’.
She said: ‘Given that they have not increased the amount since 2007, they leave us with no choice but to continue suing AstraZeneca or the government.
The couple from Alston from Cumbria, who were together on the glam rock band Spit Like This, were due to wed last year.
According to the BBC, Vicky is the first to receive payment from the Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme in connection with the Covid jab.
The Department of Health and Social Care stressed that ‘the benefits of the COVID vaccine AstraZeneca outweigh the risks for most people’.
It also stated that the £120,000 payment was ‘not designed to cover all expenses associated with disability or death’.
Instead, the payment is ‘to recognize that having the vaccine may cause harm to the individual’. That is why claimants still have the option of taking legal recourse.
NHSBSA told Mirror: ‘Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme (VDPS) claims are medically evaluated by an independent, third party medical assessor.
‘NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) has now started receiving results from independent medical assessors for the first batch of COVID-19 related claims sent for evaluation. We will get in touch with each claimant directly as soon as we have an update on their individual claim.
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