Who is Leigh King? Autistic child's mother, 41, suffers severe rash after taking AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine
'My skin was so sore and constantly hot. I have never felt pain like this it has been a horrible experience. I am a very healthy person and am not on any medication or anything like that,' King said
A woman from Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, Scotland, is suffering an agonizing rash, after taking the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for Covid-19. Leigh King took the first dose on March 12, 2021, but the side effects of the same seem to be prevailing even two weeks later. The 41-year-old mother is an unpaid caregiver for her 13-year-old son Aidan, who is autistic.
King took the vaccine at Ravenscraig Supercentre. As a part of the follow-up, King received a letter saying that if the side-effects were to occur after 48 hours, she was to visit a hospital. Although she followed said instructions, aid did not come immediately. "I went to Wishaw A&E but was turned away. I went back twice more and the last time I was in such pain I could barely walk out of the hospital", she said, recounting her ordeal. King is currently waiting to see a skin specialist. "I feel so let down on every level. I’m now waiting to see a skin specialist as it’s been such an extreme reaction and also need an eye test as my eyes are so dry," pointing out that the rash isn't the only issue.
As reported by the Daily Record, King claims that her body broke out into a rash shortly after taking the first dose. "My skin was so sore and constantly hot. I have never felt pain like this it has been a horrible experience. I am a very healthy person and am not on any medication or anything like that. I am not even in a vulnerable category. I only got the vaccine as I am an unpaid carer for my son who has autism and mobility issues", she explained.
A 41-year-old Scottish woman who received a COVID-19 vaccine broke out in a severe rash that has left her in agony more than two weeks after her fateful jab.— Angel Antonio (@AngelAntonioL) April 1, 2021
Leigh King, of Wishaw in North Lanarkshire, got her first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine on March 12, pic.twitter.com/oKw1WUxOS1
The effects of the vaccine has also disrupted her daily life. “Aidan has also found this whole thing difficult. He is scared to come near me because of how my skin looks and he struggles to understand what is going on," she said. "At home is his happy place and I am his best pal, I got this vaccine to care for Aidan but I haven’t even been able to do that. This has just been such a tough situation and has been so physically and mentally draining for the whole family. He is seeing a specialist in Glasgow soon and I won’t be able to be there for him. I can’t be there when he needs me most", she added. Despite the outcome of her situation, King maintains that she is not against vaccination, but feels as though there is a lack of clear information regarding the side-effects and follow-up care protocols, adding that she wishes "there was more support for people if this happens to them.”
As reported by the GOV.UK, the vaccine has multiple side effects, such as injection-site tenderness, injection-site pain, headache, fatigue, myalgia, malaise, pyrexia (fever), chills, arthralgia, and nausea. The report also mentioned that the frequency of the same of reported to occur in more than 1 in 10 people, however, the reactions were listed to be mild to moderate in severity and were said to have been resolved within a few days of the vaccination. The frequency and severity of these side effects were reported to be milder and less likely after the first dose.