Anti-vaxxer mother and daughter die of Covid in Belfast hospital | Coronavirus
An anti-vaxxer mother and her daughter have died within days of each other in a Belfast hospital after contracting Covid-19, leaving their family “devastated”.
The BBC reported that Sammie-Jo Forde, 32, died at Ulster hospital on Saturday, where she was treated in the same ward as her mother, Heather Maddern, 55, who died on August 31.
Maddern had shared a number of Covid conspiracy theories before his death, MailOnline reported, as well as an article about nurses threatened with dismissal if they refused the jab. She also shared videos of Candace Owens, a conservative commentator and activist from the United States, on how to respond if your employer forces you to get vaccinated, and another of a woman who is against having them. children get bitten.
Forde and Maddern were both social workers and were reportedly among the first groups eligible for a vaccine when the vaccination program began in January.
Forde’s dad, Kevin McAllister, told the BBC’s Nolan Show: “It just broke my world. I lost my daughter, my best friend. He said Forde, who had four children, and Maddern were “very, very close”. “They worked together, they lived together and they died together,” he said.
Maddern’s funeral was on September 13, while Forde’s was set for September 20.
“I never, ever thought in my life that I would bury my daughter,” McAllister told the BBC. He said he believed his daughter had no underlying health issues. “She is a healthy 32 year old girl and she had heart failure in the end because she just couldn’t cope.”
He said he did not know why his daughter and her ex-partner had not accepted the offer of the vaccine. “These people who don’t get the Covid-19 injection – they don’t think about the other people they leave behind,” he said.
Alan Chambers, an Ulster Unionist MP (member of the Legislative Assembly) who knows the family, told the Belfast Telegraph: “This is such shocking news, Sammie-Jo has had four children. Sammie-Jo was such a good mother to them.
The NHS officially launched its coronavirus recall campaign on Thursday, in which millions of eligible people will be offered a Pfizer vaccine, or in some cases a half-dose of Moderna. They include frontline NHS and social service staff, anyone aged 50 and over, and people under 50 with health conditions that put them at risk of severe Covid.
People are likely to be offered their booster dose in the same order of priority as in the initial vaccination campaign.
The PA News Agency’s analysis of government data shows that just over 900,000 people in England aged 50 and over received their second dose of the vaccine at least six months ago, making them eligible for a recall. This will reach 2.7 million in early October and 10.4 million in early November.