As life begins to go back to normal after the restrictions of the past few months, we’ve one thing to thank: Covid vaccines.
These incredible inoculations – in particular, the booster – have given us back our freedom and allowed us to enjoy ourselves once more. However, many people are still putting off having the vaccine.
From being concerned about the side effects to thinking that they don’t need it, they give many reasons for their hesitation.
But they should have it. Shortly after having your booster jab, you are at least 85 per cent less likely to end up in hospital than if you are unvaccinated.
Here, some of those who were vaccine hesitant give their reasons why they changed their minds and got inoculated.
‘I WAS SO SCARED, I DIDN’T SLEEP BEFORE MY FIRST JAB’
Professional make-up artist Joyce Connor is so terrified of injections that she kept putting off the jab.
‘I got the text early last year to say that I could book it,’ says the 58-year-old from Reading. ‘Then a letter. Then a text from my GP. I ignored them.
‘Then I read an article that said lots of black people were dying of Covid, and it made me think I’d better have it. Also, I have a responsibility to be jabbed because I work closely with people.’