A Preston Councillor has been rushed to hospital after suffering from side effects after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
Councillor Pat Akhtar spoke to The Lancashire Post about his recent health scare, being admitted to Royal Preston Hospital hours after receiving the COVID-19 jab.
Akhtar, 42, from Plungington, works for the NHS full-time and spent over 24 hours in emergency care last week. He was among the front-line NHS workers at RPH to receive the jab on Friday 8th January.
Akhtar received the Pfizer vaccine at a vaccination centre in Bamber Bridge after being prioritised due to his job. It’s custom that people are then temporarily taken to a Post-vaccine space for them to recover and ask questions.
Whilst in the post-vaccine space, Akhtar began feeling unwell.
He told The Lancashire Post: “Within 10 minutes, I could tell that my breathing pattern had changed and I became unwell.”
“My breathing went and I started feeling nervous and clammy. I wasn’t sure what was going on, but I tried to ignore it and tell myself that it would pass.”
“I don’t have any underlying health conditions but the flu-like muscles and symptoms kicked in. I was really struggling to breathe, I was so short of breath.”
Councillor Akhtar reportedly then returned home before rapidly deteriorating. He was admitted by paramedics to Royal Preston Hospital with suspected COVID-19.
After remaining in an emergency unit for 24 hours, Akhtar tested negative and returned home.
Akhtar said: “I started feeling better 5 days later. I was still aching but I forced myself to get up and out of bed.”
“It’s been over a week now and I’m feeling much better. I’m still in favour of people getting vaccinated. It’s the only realistic way of us rediscovering some semblance of normality.”