A BASINGSTOKE man, who got his second jab of AstraZeneca six weeks back, is still struggling with pain in his biceps.

Terry McAnish, 69, said he regrets getting his Covid-19 vaccination on his stronger arm, as the severe tingling pain continues to bother him, even six weeks after the injection.

Mr McAnish, who resides in Cavalier Close, Old Basing, said he got the AstraZeneca vaccination on his right arm from the Superdrug store in Basingstoke, but he did not anticipate such a long-lasting side-effect.

“I got my first jab some eight to 12 weeks before this one. After the second jab, I have severe tingling pain and have effectively lost the full use of my arm.

“If I place my palm under any pressure – like when one uses a computer mouse – I get a severe pain under my right biceps. The pain then spreads all the way down my arm. It is getting worse and worse.”

Mr McAnish, who lives alone, said he called his local GP surgery Crown Heights Medical Centre regarding the continuing side-effect. He is now asked to meet the doctor on Thursday.

He said he also has an injury on his right arm from a bad fall in 2019.

Despite the pain, Mr McAnish urges everyone to get the vaccine.

A former NHS employee, he is only urging people to get the vaccination on their weaker arm.

“I would urge all, including children going to have the Covid-19 vaccinations, not to have them in the arm you use for writing etc.

“I was not warned about this side-effect or I would have had the vaccination on my left arm.”

Although there are minor side-effects, coronavirus vaccines are safe and effective. They give you the best protection against Covid-19.

Anyone who gets Covid-19 can become seriously ill or have long-term effects (long Covid). The vaccines are the best way to protect yourself and others.

Research has shown the vaccines help reduce your risk of getting seriously ill or dying from Covid, reduce your risk of catching or spreading Covid, and protect against Covid variants.

The vaccines approved for use in the UK have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness.

They can cause some side effects, but not everyone gets them.

Any side effects are usually mild and should not last longer than a week, such as a sore arm from the injection, feeling tired, a headache, feeling achy, and feeling or being sick. More serious side effects, such as allergic reactions or blood clotting, are very rare.