News from our partners: We got our COVID-19 jabs because our late dad and gramps couldn’t
News from our partners NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Service
A resident whose beloved dad died before he was eligible to get his COVID-19 vaccines has stressed the importance of people still getting vaccinated if they haven’t yet already – and are able to.
Katie Griffiths, 32, who lives in St Martin’s near Oswestry, is calling on people to get vaccinated as she says “Coronavirus is still out there – and those most vulnerable still need protecting”.
Her call comes just 16 months after the death of her “fit and healthy” father, Colin Griffiths, who died aged 58 from COVID-19 in January 2021.
Last month her 10-year-old son, Elias, asked to be taken to have his COVID-19 jab because “his Grampsey couldn’t have his”; as, at the time of Colin’s death, he wasn’t yet eligible for the vaccine as the rollout started with the most vulnerable and then moved down through the age groups and risk levels.
“Sadly, because of the devastating loss of my dad and Elias’ Grampsey, we know all too well the pain this virus causes families. It was fully Elias’ choice to have his vaccine – it wasn’t my decision to make, but he wanted to have it because his Grampsey sadly couldn’t yet have his.
“I know that we are starting to hear less about COVID-19 in the media, but I just want to stress to people that COVID-19 is still out there – my brother and his wife had it only just the other week, as well as a good friends of ours.
“People still need to be cautious, and getting vaccinated is one measure everyone – who is able to have the vaccine – can take to protect themselves and others. I don’t want people suffering the heartache that my family and I have.
“My dad was everything to me. He was my world and I miss him every single day. I can’t say what could have been if he had been vaccinated – but I know for myself, when I had COVID-19, it was no more than a head cold and I’m confident that’s because I was vaccinated.
“My message to everyone is to get vaccinated if they can; it means you’re protected and you’re also protecting the people you love, as well as those who are vulnerable.”
Everyone aged five years old and over can get a first and second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Booster doses are also available for people aged 16 years old and over, plus at-risk children aged 12 to 15 years old. Spring Boosters for people aged 75 years old and over, plus people aged 12 years old and over with a weakened immune system, are also available; as well as additional primary doses for people with a severely weakened immune system aged 12 years old and over.
If you have not booked your vaccinations yet, you’re still eligible and can book anytime. You can book your vaccine via the National Booking Service online, call 119 or alternatively, find a local walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site to get vaccinated without needing an appointment.