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Unvaccinated mother, 55, and daughter, 32, both die of Covid

Kevin McAllister is pictured with his daughter Sammie-Jo Forde, who died at Ulster Hospital
Unvaccinated mother, 55, and daughter, 32, both die of Covid

An unvaccinated British mother and her daughter have died less than fourteen weeks apart in hospital after both were infected with coronavirus, leaving their family ‘destroyed’.

Sammie-Jo Forde, 32, died at Ulster Hospital near Belfast last Saturday, just 11 days after her mother Heather Maddern, 55, died in the same ward on 31 August.

Miss Forde’s father Kevin McAllister said it would ‘haunt me for the rest of my life’ that his daughter did not take the vaccine, adding that she left four children.

Both Miss Forde and Maddern – who were only two beds away from each other in the hospital – were caregivers caring for the elderly in their own home.

Miss Forde, who had no underlying health conditions, had texted her father while she was being treated at the hospital, telling him, ‘Dad, mummy’s death.’

McAllister, who also has two sons, said he did not understand why neither his daughter nor Mrs Maddern, who is his ex-partner, decided not to take the plunge.

Kevin McAllister is pictured with his daughter Sammie-Jo Forde, who died at Ulster Hospital

Miss Forde (right), 32, died at Ulster Hospital near Belfast last Saturday, just 11 days after her mother Heather Maddern (left), 55, died in the same ward on 31 August

Miss Forde (right), 32, died at Ulster Hospital near Belfast last Saturday, just 11 days after her mother Heather Maddern (left), 55, died in the same ward on 31 August

Mother and daughter both died in the same war at Ulster Hospital near Belfast (file photo)

Mother and daughter both died in the same war at Ulster Hospital near Belfast (file photo)

A funeral for Mrs. Maddern, who lived in Groomsport, was held three days ago Monday – while a service for Miss Forde is set to take place next Monday.

In an emotional interview yesterday, McAllister told BBC Radio Five Live presenter Stephen Nolan: ‘I had the worst weekend of my life last weekend.

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Matthew Keenan told his friends he 'wished he had his jab'

Matthew Keenan told his friends he ‘wished he had his jab’

A self-proclaimed vaccine skeptic who said ‘if he could return, he would’, after being admitted to hospital in July with Covid-19, died with the virus at the age of 34.

Matthew Keenan told his friends he ‘wished he had his jab’ after being admitted to Bradford Royal Infirmary and placed in a coma in an attempt to save him.

Leanne Cheyne, a respiratory consultant at the hospital, shared a photo of him in an oxygen mask and plugged in a ventilator as he fought for his life.

Glenn Barratt told nurses he wished he had been stabbed

Glenn Barratt told nurses he wished he had been stabbed

A 51-year-old man who chose not to be stabbed died with Covid-19, where his last words to bed nurses and doctors were, ‘I wish I had.’

Glenn Barratt, from Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, is believed to have caught the coronavirus while watching England against Croatia at a venue in June during Euro 2020.

Everyone over 50 had been offered a sting in mid-April, but he chose not to have it and died at the hospital after fighting the virus for several weeks.

John Eyers, 42, died of Covid-19

John Eyers, 42, died of Covid-19

A healthy and fit 42-year-old father with a love of climbing and bodybuilding died of Covid-19 after rejecting the vaccine because he thought he would be ok if he caught the virus, his twin sister said.

John Eyers, a construction expert from Southport, Merseyside, had climbed the Welsh mountains and wild camping a month before his death last week, which came exactly four weeks after he tested positive.

His twin sister Jenny McCann from London said he was the ‘healthiest, healthiest person I know’ and had thought he would only have a ‘mild illness’ if he was infected with coronavirus and added that he had a ‘belief in one’s own immortality’. Mrs McCann said Eyers had ‘no underlying health conditions’ but also stated he had asthma.

‘My daughter died last Saturday, Covid-19. Her mummy was buried yesterday, she had Covid-19, and both never took the covid-19 injections.

‘My daughter was 32 with four children. To make matters worse, it was her eldest son’s birthday today. He turns 13 today.

‘So these people who do not take their Covid-19 injection do not think about the other people they leave behind.

‘I have lost my daughter, my best friend, I have only memories of her, motorcycle racing, fishing, driving with diggers, those are all the memories I have.

‘She’s going to be buried next Monday – and I can’t give her a kiss cheerio. Happening to your own family, I would not wish it on anyone what I have been through.

‘I’m back to work today to get my mind off, but next Monday I’m going to bury my firstborn, my best friend, my daughter, and I can just never get out of my mind why she did not take it. . It will haunt me for the rest of my life. ‘

He also said: ‘They helped other people and they could not even help themselves. I just wish God had taken it. ‘

It happens when the NHS in England officially launched its coronavirus booster campaign today, offering millions of qualified people a Pfizer vaccine or in some cases half a dose of Moderna.

They include frontline NHS and social care staff, all aged 50 and over and people under 50 with health conditions that put them at risk for severe Covid.

People are likely to be offered their booster job in the same order of priority that was set during the first vaccination campaign.

Health Minister Sajid Javid said today that the vaccinations have saved more than 112,300 lives and prevented 24 million cases in England alone.

Just over 900,000 people in the UK aged 50 and over are currently at least six months after receiving their second dose of vaccine, meaning they are eligible for a booster.

This figure reaches 2.7 million in early October and 10.4 million in early November.

Yesterday, the government said a further 201 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, bringing the UK to a total of 134,647.

Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show that 159,000 deaths have now been recorded in the UK, with Covid-19 mentioned on the death certificate.

As of 9 a.m. yesterday, there had been an additional 30,597 laboratory-confirmed Covid-19 cases in the UK, the government said.

Meanwhile, new figures suggest that almost nine out of ten young adults in the UK are now likely to have Covid-19 antibodies.

Estimates for people aged 16 to 24 range from 86.9 per cent in Wales to 88.7 per cent in England and Scotland, with 87.2 per cent in Northern Ireland.

The presence of coronavirus antibodies suggests that someone has had the infection before or has been vaccinated.

It takes between two and three weeks after infection or vaccination for the body to make enough antibodies to fight the virus.

Yesterday, a further ten deaths for patients who had tested positive for Covid-19 were reported in Northern Ireland.

The Ministry of Health said there had also been 1,304 new confirmed cases in the last 24-hour reporting period.

Yesterday morning, there were 426 Covid-19 hospitalized, 36 of whom were in intensive care. A total of 2,498,979 vaccines have been administered.

Meanwhile, the head of the region’s vaccination program said booster covid-19 jabs will start being administered within 10 to 12 days in Northern Ireland.

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