Formerly vaccine-hesitant nurse urges unvaccinated to get jabbed

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A nurse who did not receive a test for COVID-19 for two months while working at one of the world’s first immunization clinics has encouraged others to get vaccinated.

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Toyin Oladotun – known as Lady T by her colleagues – has urged people who are still unsure whether to get the jab to talk about their concerns with health professionals.

About 6.4 million people in the UK – about 11 per cent of the population – have not yet received their first vaccine.


Ms Oladotun and her nursing team at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, London helped start the clinic in December 2020 and have vaccinated more than 100,000 people so far.

But two months ago he got his job.

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She said: “We were very excited to start administering the vaccine to protect as many people as possible against the virus, but it was difficult for me because my friends and family were warning me, as a black woman Were worried about what might happen, not to get it.”

The nurse said she is now proud to have received two doses of the vaccine and a booster jab and that there is “no judgment” about who comes forward to get their first vaccine.

Ms Oladotun said: “I understand people who are a little more hesitant than I was, especially for them that their hesitation comes from a deep-rooted spot or fear of needles, but I’m always happy to chat. I’m so glad someone knows how they feel about it.

“Getting a vaccine is quick, easy, and not scary at all – I urge everyone to get it and speak to a medical professional if they want to discuss anything they are concerned about.

“We’re all here to help and there’s no judgment. It’s never too late to get vaccinated to give you the best protection this winter.”

St George’s Chief Nursing Officer Rob Blasdale said: “I am incredibly proud and proud of Lady T and our entire Vaccine Clinic team for providing safety and assurance to our staff and local communities in South West London over the past year. – But it is not over yet and I will continue to urge the public to come forward for their vaccines.

It comes as another medical professional said that most non-vaccinated people “are not anti-vax,” but most people in intensive care — about two out of five — die.

On Monday, Dr Zudin Puthucherry, Critical Care Consultant, told Sky News: “Most people without vaccinations are not anti-vaxxers – they had a very vague message, they are too unsure of who to trust, And that’s what led them to that.”

NHS England’s medical director, Professor Stephen Powis, urged people to get vaccinated to help address the healthcare backlog of care.

He told the PA news agency: “What’s really important is that you get that jab because the only way the public can help us reduce those numbers in the hospital is to make sure you have your first or second dose.” And of course, the all-important booster, which recent data has shown is highly effective for preventing serious disease.”


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