Tragic twist days after dad gets Covid-19 vaccine

Olivia Lambert
·News Editor
·3-min read

A 48-year-old father has died from coronavirus just weeks after receiving the Pfizer vaccine jab.

Father-of-four Chris Moore was vaccinated on January 2 at the University Hospital of North Durham in the UK after returning to his job at the National Health Service (NHS).

Chronicle Live reports Mr Moore began to show coronavirus symptoms just two days after he received the first dose of the vaccination, and tested positive to the coronavirus.

It is unclear where or how he contracted Covid, but his family told the publication they believed it was before his vaccination.

After the diagnosis, Mr Moore was rushed to hospital on January 9 as he struggled to breathe and his condition began to deteriorate.

After battling the virus for more than 30 days in hospital, he died on February 10, according to a JustGiving page to raise money for his wife Helen and four children.

Chris Moore (left) was diagnosed with the coronavirus days after being vaccinated. Source: JustGiving
Chris Moore (left) was diagnosed with the coronavirus days after being vaccinated. Source: JustGiving

"The loss of a loved one is a profoundly sad time, but when that comes during a pandemic, it's all the more heart-wrenching," organiser of the page David Coxon wrote.

"After 36 days in hospital, Helen lost Chris, her husband of 21 years, and Rebecca, Daniel, James and Thomas lost their dad.

"Both Chris and Helen have given a lot to their communities working in healthcare most of their lives. Helen in pharmacy and Chris an NHS administrator."

In the UK, the NHS is supporting families of staff who have succumbed to coronavirus, however Mr Moore's family aren't eligible as he worked as an administrator.

Adding to the tragedy, Mr Moore was due to celebrate his 49th birthday this month on the same day as his son Daniel's 18th and they had recently lost the family car.

"At times like this we often say, 'I only wish I could do more to help'. Well now is our chance to help Helen and her family in a very practical way, by making a donation to support them at this very difficult time," Mr Coxon wrote.

Chris Moore is survived by his wife Helen and four children. Source: JustGiving
Chris Moore is survived by his wife Helen and four children. Source: JustGiving

More than A$5000 has already been raised for the family, with many who donated leaving a touching tribute for Mr Moore.

"I worked with Chris years ago... such a lovely person, so gentle and kind. Sending all my love to Helen and his kids at this very tragic time," one wrote.

"Chris was so kind and helpful when he worked with the team at Derwent Clinic," another said.

Almost 18 million Brits have now received at least one of the two coronavirus jabs while the government aims for the vaccination of all adults by the end of July.

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