For some people, the moment the ambulance arrives is the moment they begin to regret not having received a coronavirus vaccine. For others, it is the death of a loved one.
Covid healthcare workers and patients have spoken out about a growing number of people who, once faced with the dire reality of contracting the virus, realize they made a big mistake.
Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden, senior intensive care registrar, said that she had only encountered one patient in intensive care who had received both doses of vaccination and that the “vast majority” of the people she was seeing were not “completely vaccinated “.
According to official statistics, around 60% of people admitted to hospital with Covid are not vaccinated.
Batt-Rawden said it was difficult to witness the expression of regret on patients’ faces when they were feeling very bad and needed a ventilator. “You can see that they realize that they potentially made the biggest mistake of their lives. [in not getting the vaccine], which is really difficult, ”she said, adding that she had listened to people tell their relatives about their regret.