A “fit and healthy” mechanic says his life has been turned “upside down” since suffering a stroke two days after his second Pfizer shot.

Melbourne man Peter Lee, 36, is now in financial hardship and says he feels abandoned by the government.

Australia’s medicines regulator, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), does not currently recognise stroke as a known side effect of the Pfizer vaccine.

“I was given a date until the end of November – if you’re not vaccinated then you won’t be able to work,” he said.

“Now everyone’s saying, ‘We don’t know what’s causing it so we can’t really do anything for you.’”