Very rare yet serious side-effects from the Covid vaccine could be explored in the forthcoming public inquiry into the pandemic.
It may also look into the struggle which affected families have faced in getting compensation.
Probe chairwoman Baroness Heather Hallett wrote to the Prime Minister last Thursday outlining the key areas under scrutiny – including pandemic preparedness, lockdowns, testing, PPE and care homes – which he will have to sign off before the inquiry can begin.
While multiple studies have shown Covid vaccines to be safe – with more than 53 million Britons having had at least one dose and nearly 40 million receiving three – a small minority of people suffered serious health problems including blood clots and inflammation in the heart.
In the UK, medical regulators have reported 438 blood clot cases and 79 deaths linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine.
More than 900 applications have now been filed for compensation over death or injury due to vaccines, with the total claims reaching £110 million. However, not a single payment has been made.
Sarah Moore, a solicitor at the Hausfeld law firm which is representing 95 victims, told The Mail on Sunday’s Medical Minefield podcast this week: ‘The vaccination programme has been hugely successful and we know, for the vast majority of us, it is also safe.