A DAD was left gasping for breath in hospital after catching coronavirus – despite having received a vaccine.
Tony Grimes has now warned others not to become complacent after having their jab as he says he “thought he was a gonner”.
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The 47-year-old described himself as “fit and healthy”, but was diagnosed with Covid a week ago.
He was due to receive his second dose of his vaccine tomorrow but has been left struggling to breath, hooked up to oxygen.
Experts have previously explained that you can catch Covid after having a vaccine.
The NHS states: “The 1st dose should give you some protection from 3 or 4 weeks after you’ve had it. But you need 2 doses for stronger and longer-lasting protection.
“There is a chance you might still get or spread Covid-19 even if you have a vaccine, so it’s important to continue to follow all social distancing guidance.”
Tony, who lives in North Ferriby, in East Riding, Yorkshire, is currently being treated on a high dependency unit at Hull Royal.
Tony said he tested positive a week a go and that by Sunday he had been unable to breathe.
“I thought I was a goner on Sunday and Monday. I just could not breathe shortly after arrival at the hospital, with shortness of breath and coughing. Staff were amazing though. I have since stabilised.
“Eating Weetabix had me gasping for breath this morning. Today’s physio involved getting out of bed, standing, and getting back in, it took 20 minutes. But I’m improving, following the rules and I will beat this”, he told the Hull Daily Mail.
Tony has been married to his wife Vicky, for 21 years and they have three children together.
The couple had recently built a pop up pub in their garden and had been having friends over – all of which is allowed under current rules.
Tony said he has been cautious about the virus from the start of the pandemic but added that he had relaxed a little bit after having his first vaccination, especially when around friends.
He added: “Don’t become complacent. Go about your life and go back into the world, but for your own sake and others’ please wear a mask, use sanitiser, and wash your hands.”
Tony said his phone has been a lifeline during his time in hospital as it has helped him to stay connected to his friends and family.
Coronavirus cases are rising across the country and health officials have also warned Brits to remain cautious.
Dr Jenny Harries, Chief Executive of the UK Health Security Agency said it’s important that as cases rise, people continue to be careful.
She explained: “The best thing we can do to protect ourselves and the people we love is to get the vaccine if eligible, get tested twice a week and practice “hands, face, space, fresh air” at all times.
Source: The Sun