23 Sep 2022

Man who died after reaction to Covid-19 vaccine should have been informed of risk - parents

From Morning Report, 7:39 am on 23 September 2022

The parents of Dunedin plumber Rory Nairn say their son was failed by health authorities.

A coroner this week ruled the 26-year-old died in November last year as a result of myocarditis caused by the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine.

The inquest heard that the pharmacist who vaccinated him wasn't aware of the risks of myocarditis and never warned him.

Brett and Chris Nairn have spoken out for the first time about what happened to their son.

They say the death of a woman in August last year from myocarditis should have been treated with greater urgency but instead authorities seemed more worried about creating vaccine hesitancy.

The couple told RNZ Otago-Southland reporter, Timothy Brown, the coroner's findings simply confirmed what they had known since finding Rory dead at his home.

Myocarditis is rare following vaccination, with international data showing 1 to 13 cases per 100,000 vaccine doses.

It's a rare disease caused by many things, including viral infection and about 95 people with myocarditis are seen in hospitals in New Zealand each year.

It is also treatable, with better outcomes the earlier symptoms are picked up and acted on.