Michelle Heaton and her whole family have caught Covid a month after having the Pfizer vaccine
MICHELLE Heaton revealed her whole family has contracted coronavirus – a month after she had her first Pfizer jab.
The Liberty X star, 41, remained upbeat despite kids Faith, nine, Aaron, seven, and husband Hugh all testing positive.
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The star, who has an underlying health condition, reassured her Instagram followers that her situation could have been worse if she hadn’t had her vaccine.
Sharing a smiley picture of her kids holding a rainbow picture, she wrote: “Yesterday we found out that ALL four of us are Covid positive, after being randomly selected last year as part of the Oxford trail we regularly get tested, negative every week, until now!
“We know we don’t need to alert the world lol , however, it’s an opportunity to praise the #NHS.”
Highlighting the top quality care the family had received, she took the opportunity to say thank you to the NHS and urged others to get the vaccine when they are able to.
She continued: “They spent the whole day reassuring us and meticulously covering all grounds of where one of us could have got it, also who could get it from us.
“Now that we have spoken to those who needed to be alerted … we wanted to say THANK YOU to the NHS! @nhsengland
“And to to say #getthejab
“I had the (Pfizer) jab a month ago – PROVING (NOT that it doesn’t work) but that we must ALL still be careful!”
Warning her followers that they should remain vigilant despite the dropping numbers of both cases and deaths in the UK, Michelle said she might have ended up in hospital had she not had a jab.
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Astrazeneca has said it aims to produce a “next generation” Covid vaccine especially suited to new mutations as soon as the autumn.
Mene Pangalos, a senior research chief at the British-Swedish firm, said Astrazeneca will start developing a new vaccine for the mutated strains and will look to make them public “as rapidly as possible”.
The AstraZeneca vaccine, developed by scientists at the University of Oxford, works against variants circulating in the UK now.
Pfizer is discussing a clinical trial for “a variant-specific vaccine” that’s a reconstructed version of its original vaccine, according to a press release in February.
This would be against the South African variant.
The company is also testing a “booster” shot of its vaccine on people who were fully vaccinated in trials to understand the safety of an extra dose and “immunity against circulating strains”.
Moderna was the first to produce a vaccine to target the South African variant in mid-February, which is to be trialled in the US.
The new vaccines being trialled could be eventually used as jabs on their own or act as booster shots.
She wrote: “Without my first jab, the NHS nurses I spoke to yesterday said thank god I accepted it, as a person with many underlying health issues I could have been a lot worse, or may be hospitalised – I’m doing OK, enough strength to tell the kids off anyway 😒 and they are taking this news so well so proud of them both considering this week we were going to start with friends and bbq’s!
“As kids go back to school and we start to see more people, we really need to face that some of us are going to get it ..
“So, as I fall back asleep and get my husband more paracetamol from the draw …. let’s all support our amazing #nhs#staysafe#vaccine.”
More than 30million Brits have now had at least one dose of one of the coronavirus vaccines.
The milestone was reached over the weekend, just 15 weeks after the very first jab was delivered to 91-year-old Margaret Keenan.
Daily vaccinations have continued at an extraordinary pace in the past month – peaking on March 20 at 753,659.
Health secretary Matt Hancock hailed the “phenomenal achievement”, and thanked everyone who had come forward to get their jab.
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Their calls were led by Boris Johnson, who begged for volunteers to help ‘return the country to normal life’.
The PM wrote personally to our readers, saying: “The Sun’s Jabs Army campaign is a brilliant example of the power of collective action.
“It has already inspired companies and workplaces up and down the country to join the call to arms.
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Jeremy Clarkson urged Brits to get off the sofa and sign up to beat the lockdown blues.
He said: “Everyone is saying how bored they are. They’ve watched Netflix, gone through everything on the internet, read Google.
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Health Secretary Matt Hancock saluted Jabs Army as he addressed the nation in a No10 press briefing.
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He said: “The vaccine is saving lives and is our route out of this pandemic. I want to say a massive thanks to the team.”
Under-50s with no underlying health conditions look set to be immunised next month with the news that a Moderna vaccine will soon be rolled out.
Should the programme continue at its current pace, the government aims to offer all British adults a jab by the end of July.