Mrs Hurt said she had been trying to claim compensation from the Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme (VDPS). She said despite her life being affected, claiming was difficult and full of “red tape”, having not been updated since 1979.

“I had the vaccine thinking I was doing the right thing,” she said.

“I did it when the government asked me to do it to protect each other and myself, but now I feel like I’m getting nothing back from the government to say ‘we acknowledge you did what we asked but unfortunately for you it’s gone wrong’.”

The NHS, which took on the VDPS from the government on 1 November, said links between the vaccine and side effects were still being investigated.

“This means it will take longer before it can be determined if an individual’s claim meets the first legal test of causation,” a spokesperson said.

“We know this is a distressing wait for claimants and their families.”

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