A nurse who hasn’t had a Covid-19 vaccine for two months while working at one of the world’s first immunization clinics has encouraged others to get vaccinated.
Toyin Oladotun – known to his colleagues as Lady T – appealed to those still unsure whether to speak to medical professionals about their concerns.
About 6.4 million people in the UK – about 11% of the population – have yet to receive their first vaccination.
Ms Oladotun and her nursing team at St George’s hospital in Tooting, London helped open the clinic in December 2020 and have now immunized more than 100,000 people.
But it was two months before she got her own stab.
“We are very excited to start using vaccines to protect as many people as possible against the virus, but it has been difficult for me because I have been warned by friends and family,” she said. as a black woman, shouldn’t be injected like them. worry about what might happen. “
The nurse said she now feels proud to have had two doses of the vaccine and a booster shot and that there is “no judgment” about people getting their first shot.
Ms Oladotun said: “I understand people a little more hesitantly, I do too, especially for people whose hesitation comes from deep within or is afraid of needles, but I am always happy to be able to help. chat with anyone about how they feel about it.
“Getting vaccinated is quick, easy and without fear – I encourage people to get vaccinated and talk to a medical professional if they want to discuss anything they have concerns about.
“We are all here to help and there is no judgment. It’s never too late to get vaccinated to give you the best protection this winter. “
Rob Bleasdale, chief nursing officer at St George’s, said: “I am incredibly proud and want to thank Lady T and our entire vaccine clinic team for providing protection and reassurance to our staff. us and the local community in south-west London over the past year – but it’s not over yet and I will continue to urge the public to keep getting their vaccines. “
This comes after another health expert said the majority of unvaccinated people are “not anti-vaxxers”, but make up the majority of people in intensive care – with around two in five dead.
On Monday, critical care consultant Dr Zudin Puthucheary told Sky News: “The vast majority of people who are unvaccinated are not anti-vaxxers – they sent the message very clearly, they were very unvaccinated. sure to know who to trust, and this is what led them to it. ”
NHS England’s chief medical officer, Professor Stephen Powis, urged people to get vaccinated to help ease the backlog of the health service.
He told the PA news agency: “It’s really important that you get that snub because the way the public can help us reduce those numbers in the hospital is to make sure you have the first dose or second and of course, all are important. , which recent data have shown to be highly effective in preventing severe disease. ”
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/nurse-coronavrirus-unvaccinated-vaccine-b1971491.html In the past, the nurse who was hesitant about vaccines urged the unvaccinated to get stabbed