A 17-year-old who was hospitalised with complications from Covid has urged young people to get vaccinated.
Maisy Evans, from Newport, South Wales, was rushed to The Grange University Hospital earlier this month after testing positive for the virus – just three days after receiving her first jab.
The schoolgirl, who is a member of the Welsh Youth Parliament, was soon diagnosed with a Covid-related blood clot in her lung following numerous blood tests, X-rays and CT scans.
She has now urged other teenagers to ‘take this virus seriously’ and ensure they get vaccinated if given the opportunity.
Maisy Evans (left and right in hospital), 17, from Newport, South Wales, was rushed to The Grange University Hospital where she was diagnosed with a Covid-related blood clot in her lung
Speaking from hospital, she said: ‘This virus is not a joke for young people and those eligible must get vaccinated. Rest assured, I’m on the long road to recovery!’
She added: ‘I’m 17 years old and I’m currently taking antibiotics, steroids, morphine and blood thinners.
‘Please continue to take this virus seriously, even if you consider yourself generally fit and well like myself.
‘I’m expecting to stay a couple more nights because at the moment I’m unable to regulate my own oxygen levels.’
Ms Evans, who is also presenter on the Young, Female, and Opinionated podcast, initially feared she had meningitis or sepsis before being diagnosed with a Covid-related blood clot by doctors.
She has now thanked the NHS staff on her ward for her care and for ‘treating her so well’.
She added: ‘I’d like to take a moment to thank the fantastic staff at The Grange University Hospital for treating me so well!
‘It’s a pill almost as hard to swallow as the enormous amoxicillin ones, but I don’t think I’d be here without the staff on this ward.’
The schoolgirl, who is a member of the Welsh Youth Parliament, has urged other teenagers to take the virus seriously and ensure they get vaccinated
It comes as Britain recorded a further 61 Covid deaths and 33,196 more new cases on Sunday, according to official data.
The number of new cases represents a 3 per cent rise on the new daily cases from last Sunday which stood at 32,253 while only 49 daily deaths were recorded.
Infections in the last seven days rose by 5.8 per cent on the week before, and weekly deaths jumped by 16 per cent.
This means the new positive test rate over the last seven days is 240,528 while the number of deaths within 28 days of a positive test has been recorded as 797 – an increase of 110.
The Sunday figure for fatalities tends to be lower than weekdays due to a delay by some hospitals in reporting deaths.
Meanwhile, Government data up to August 28 shows that of the 90,641,097 Covid jabs given in the UK, 48,001,316 were first doses, a rise of 42,388 on the previous day.
Some 42,639,781 were second doses, an increase of 132,180.
The number of patients admitted to hospitals today has been recorded as 969 while the figure has reached 6,294 over the last week – an increase of 6.7 per cent.
It comes as a statistical analysis of vaccination data suggests millions of people missed having their second coronavirus vaccines by the time they were due to have them.
Figures published by the Government show that by August 18, a total of 1.4 million people who were due to have their second Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine had missed having it.
For the Oxford/AstraZeneca intake, between 400,000 and 600,000 people also eligible for their second dose by that date had not come forward.
The latest breakdown of figures were published by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency but taken from Department of Health and Social Care statistics.
Schoolgirl, 17, urges teenagers to get vaccinated