London, Dec 8 – Rat, an 86-year-old British man who lost her husband to Covid-19 in April, was the first person in the world to be vaccinated against the virus today and was expected to go shopping. And just then.
Gill Rogers last saw her husband in mid-March at a care home where he was staying. Then the plague struck, she was no longer able to see him, and in late April he died.
“The death certificate shows a number of things but it also shows Covid-19,” Rogers said in a BBC radio interview shortly before he was vaccinated.
She was mourning alone, as her children and other relatives were avoiding contact with her for fear of exposure to the virus.
“It was very difficult,” he said, his voice cracking.
Rogers, who lives near Brighton in the south of England, said he spent most of the year on his own, avoiding shops as much as possible and avoiding public transport altogether.
He said that when he received a vaccine over the weekend that he had been offered an early appointment for vaccination today, the first day of his national rollout in the UK, he immediately said yes.
“I’m not so careful, I’m not so worried, I’ll go to the shops and luckily I’ll probably go on public transport,” he said.
Asked if he had any concerns about vaccine safety, he replied: “No. Not at all.”
She said she knew there were people who were worried, and she contacted the BBC because she thought talking about her own situation could help allay those doubts.
“That’s why I contacted you, because I thought there might be people who would help get it, who probably wouldn’t have it.” – B uters cry