An anti-vaccine mother and her daughter 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 in Ulster hospital on Saturday, where she had been treated in the same ward as her mother, Heather Maddern, 55, who passed away on Aug. 31.
Maddern had shared several Covid conspiracy theories prior to his death, MailOnline reportedas well as a post about nurses facing dismissal if they reject the jab. He also shared videos from Candace Owens, a conservative commentator and activist from the US, on responding if his employer forces him to get vaccinated, and another from a woman arguing against children being prodded.
Forde and Maddern were both care workers and would have been among the first groups eligible for a jab when the vaccination program began in January.
Forde’s father, Kevin McAllister, told the BBC’s Nolan Show: “This just destroyed my world. I lost my daughter, my best friend. “He said that Forde, who had four children, and Maddern were” very, very close. “” They worked together, lived together and died together, “he said.
Maddern’s funeral took place on September 13, while Forde’s has been arranged for September 20.
“I never, never thought in my life that I would bury my daughter,” McAllister told the BBC. He said he believed his daughter had no underlying health problems. “She is a healthy 32-year-old girl and she ultimately suffered heart failure 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 are not getting the Covid-19 injection, they are not thinking about the other people they leave behind,” he said.
Alan Chambers, a unionist party of the Ulster MLA (member of the legislative assembly), who knows the family, told the Belfast Telegraph: “It’s such shocking news, Sammie-Jo had four children. Sammie-Jo was such a good mother to them. “
The NHS officially launched its coronavirus booster campaign on Thursday, under which millions of eligible people will be offered a Pfizer vaccine or, in some cases, half a dose of Moderna. They include frontline NHS and social care personnel, anyone 50 and older, and those under 50 with health conditions that put them at risk for severe COVID.
People are likely to be offered the booster shot in the same order of priority as during the initial vaccination campaign.
Analysis of government data from the PA news agency shows that just over 900,000 people in England aged 50 and over received their second dose of vaccine at least six months ago, making them eligible for a booster. That will hit 2.7 million in early October and 10.4 million in early November.