Hero surgeon killed by Covid was DOUBLE-JABBED but missed out on booster by just six days: Heartbroken wife says ‘devoted’ father-of-four, 45, lost Covid battle ‘after catching virus on a ward’ despite having second vaccine in January

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  • Saila Haleem reveals that her husband Dr Irfan Haleem got one shot last year and another in January, but died nonetheless
  • He said the chief surgeon died at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London at 7.51 pm on 14 November
  • Mrs Halim said she didn’t think she had a booster before she died surrounded by relatives after nine weeks of fighting.
  • She said the family had decided not to tell her that her 75-year-old father Kamal had died of the virus at another London hospital
  • He was also double jabbed, but died of COVID-19 on 24 September at Northwick Park Hospital, North London

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A hero surgeon, who died of Covid while rescuing patients on the frontline, was double-vaccinated but caught the virus just days before the boosters were available, his devastated family has revealed.

Grieved widow Saila Haleem said 45-year-old doctor Irfan Haleem had died at the Royal Brompton Hospital in west London on 14 November.

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The doctor, who had no known health conditions, received his second vaccine in January but was killed by the disease on 10 September, six days before Britain’s booster program was given the green light.

As a frontline NHS worker who had been vaccinated nine months ago, he would have been at the front for the crucial third shot when they were rolled out on 16 September.

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Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, Mrs Haleem told TODAY: ‘My husband worked away from London and I don’t know which vaccine he got, but he was double vaccinated and was on the ward when he Always wearing full PPE.

Fighting back tears, she continued: ‘He never said anything about getting a booster and I don’t think he got one.

‘It makes you question the effectiveness of the vaccine, but now is not the time for me to think about these things because I am so sad.

‘This is a double tragedy for the family and we are at too much pain to consider anything else.’

Dr Haleem died while he worked in the COVID ICU wards at Great Western Hospital, Swindon, where he collapsed on shifts and is believed to have contracted the virus.

Even though vaccines offer very high protection against serious illness and death, they tend to wear off in about six months and are not 100 percent effective. Dr Haleem’s age, vaccine status and general health would have put him at a lower risk of dying from COVID, even if it has been nine months since his second dose.

The surgeon was regarded as a medical powerhouse and was described by colleagues as ’10 men in one body’ after having treated 250,000 patients throughout his career.

He was isolated from his family for four months at the height of the pandemic last spring, while treating frontline Covid patients.

Mrs Halim revealed that she spared her husband the added grief that their father, 75-year-old Kamal, died of Covid on 24 September in another London hospital.

It comes as COVID cases continued to rise across the UK, with 44,242 infections recorded today – about 10 per cent over the next week. There was also an 8 percent increase in deaths in a week, with 157 victims recorded in the last 24 hours.

Dr Irfan Halim, 45, who earned widespread acclaim for his work, died on 14 November at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London, leaving his grieving family (pictured, their last photo together) after a nine-week battle against the virus was surrounded by

Dr Haleem (pictured), 45, who was working in Swindon, Wiltshire, died at a London hospital late last week after a nine-week battle with the virus.

The devoted husband and father (pictured) spent their final moments in the arms of his wife, who said she was 'whispering prayer and love in their ears'

Dr Haleem (pictured), 45, who was working in Swindon, Wiltshire, died at a London hospital late last week after a nine-week battle with the virus.

He had gone to work on September 10 but did not return after contracting the corona virus and being continuously ill.  she is pictured with her children

He had gone to work on September 10 but did not return after contracting the corona virus and being continuously ill. she is pictured with her children

Dr Haleem (pictured with his wife), father of four children under the age of 12, was a skilled surgeon at Swindon Hospital.

Dr Haleem (pictured with his wife), father of four children under the age of 12, was a skilled surgeon at Swindon Hospital.

How Small Your Risk of Dying from Fully Vaccinated Against COVID Is in Your 40s… Even Without a Booster

The risk of COVID hitting someone in their forties who is double-vaccinated remains small – even without a booster vaccine.

Even though vaccines are less likely to last between four and six months, they still provide very high protection against serious illness and death.

Real-world UK data shows that people who were given two doses of the Pfizer vaccine still got about 85 percent protection against death from the major delta variant six months later – almost complete protection at the start of the year. Compared to.

People who have received two shots of AstraZeneca have little protection at the half-year mark, with effectiveness dropping to about 80 percent.

Real-world UK data shows that people who were given two doses of the Pfizer vaccine still got about 85 percent protection against death from the major delta variant six months later – almost complete protection at the start of the year. Compared to.  People who have received two shots of AstraZeneca have little protection at the half-year mark, with effectiveness dropping to about 80 percent.

Real-world UK data shows that people who were given two doses of the Pfizer vaccine still got about 85 percent protection against death from the major delta variant six months later – almost complete protection at the start of the year. Compared to. People who have received two shots of AstraZeneca have little protection at the half-year mark, with effectiveness dropping to about 80 percent.

At six months, government data shows the Pfizer vaccine provides about 90 percent protection against hospitalization.  For AstraZeneca, that figure is just under 80 percent.

At six months, government data shows the Pfizer vaccine provides about 90 percent protection against hospitalization. For AstraZeneca, that figure is just under 80 percent.

At six months, government data shows the Pfizer vaccine provides about 90 percent protection against hospitalization. For AstraZeneca, that figure is just under 80 percent.

Vaccines are too weak to prevent someone from becoming infected after six months, however, with the AZ vaccine offering 40 percent protection versus Pfizer’s 60 percent.

But early data from the UK’s booster rollout showed that a third dose could boost immunity against the infection by up to 93 percent again.

Although it is too early to estimate the effectiveness against hospitalization and death, officials say they expect it to be ‘very high’.

Different figures suggest that someone in their forties now has a one in 4,000 and one in 500 chance of dying from Covid.

The Cambridge University analysis included both vaccinated and unvaccinated people,…

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