A dad-of-four who spent 36 days in hospital before dying from coronavirus received his first dose of the vaccine a month before he passed.
Chris Moore, 48, had been shielding from Covid during the pandemic but returned to his role as an NHS administrator in December 2020.
He was given his first dose of the Pfizer jab on January 2 at the University Hospital of North Durham but began to experience symptoms just days later.
Mr Moore was taken to hospital on January 9 with severe breathing difficulties and his condition deteriorated further, ChronicleLive reported.
Sadly, dad to Rebecca, 19, Daniel, 17, James, 16, and Thomas, 12, didn’t recover and he died on February 10 after spending 36 days in hospital.
The family are adamant Mr Moore’s condition isn’t related to the vaccine and said he was a big supporter of the programme.
Public health experts have warned the public that a first dose of any coronavirus vaccine doesn't immediately ensure full immunity.
A family friend described Helen’s loving husband as her "soulmate" and a "very caring and very loving" person.
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He was also "always smiling," they said," and a very family-orientated individual.
The friend said: "He was a family person and we see photos of them as a family and they are always smiling.
“He was a loving husband and Helen often described him as her soulmate".
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A JustGiving page for donations to help the family during this difficult time has been set up.
His family hopes that while restrictions start to be eased, people remember the virus still exists and is "very real".
The friend added: "Helen mainly wanted to get the message across that while lockdown rules are being lessened, it is still a thing that exists and it’s still a very real thing, not only does it affect the people who die of coronavirus, but also the families and extended families."
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