‘Without my first jab, I could have felt a lot worse’: Michelle Heaton, 41, reveals she and her family have contracted Covid – one month after she had her Pfizer vaccine
- The Liberty X star, 41, who has underlying health issues, took to Instagram on Wednesday to thank the NHS for encouraging her to get the jab
- Nurses claimed she could have been hospitalised if she caught the virus before she was vaccinated
- The mother-of-two shares Faith, nine, and Aaron, seven, with husband of 10 years, Hugh Hanley
- It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination
- Michelle didn’t mention the medical conditions she was referring to, but she has previously been candid about having a double mastectomy and hysterectomy
- Last March, the CBB star and her family were forced to self-isolate as their neighbour had tested positive for the virus
Michelle Heaton has revealed she, her husband Hugh Hanley and their two children have contracted coronavirus, one month after she had her first Pfizer jab.
The Liberty X star, 41, who has underlying health issues, took to Instagram on Wednesday to thank the NHS for encouraging her to get the shot as nurses claimed she could have been hospitalised if she caught the virus before she was vaccinated.
Alongside a cheery image of her kids Faith, nine, and Aaron, seven, the singer said: ‘As a person with many underlying health issues I could have been a lot worse, or may be hospitalised. I’m doing OK, enough strength to tell the kids off anyway!’
It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination, with regulators insisting the best protection comes seven days after the second Pfizer dose, which is usually given three weeks after the first.
‘I’m doing ok’: Michelle Heaton has revealed she, her husband Hugh Hanley and their two children (pictured in 2020) have contracted Covid, one month after she had her first Pfizer jab
The personal trainer pointed out the irony that she had tested positive, despite being examined regularly when she took part in the Oxford trial last year.
The musician said: ‘Yesterday we found out that ALL four of us are Covid positive, after being randomly selected last year as part of the Oxford trail we regularly get tested, negative every week, until now!
‘We know we don’t need to alert the world lol , however, it’s an opportunity to praise the #NHS. They spent the whole day reassuring us and meticulously covering all grounds of where one of us could have got it, also who could get it from us.
‘Now that we have spoken to those who needed to be alerted … we wanted to say THANK YOU to the NHS! @nhsengland. And to to say #getthejab.’
‘Without my jab, I could’ve felt worse’: The Liberty X star, 41, took to Instagram on Wednesday to thank the NHS for encouraging her to get the shot (pictured last month at vaccine centre)
Staying positive: ‘I’m doing OK, enough strength to tell the kids off anyway!’, the singer said alongside a cheery image of her kids Faith, nine, and Aaron, seven
The media personality expressed the importance of still staying safe amid the UK’s vaccine rollout.
TV star Michelle said: ‘I had the (Pfizer) jab a month ago – PROVING (NOT that it doesn’t work) but that we must ALL still be careful!
‘Without my first jab, the NHS nurses I spoke to yesterday said thank god I accepted it, as a person with many underlying health issues I could have been a lot worse, or may be hospitalised.
‘I’m doing OK, enough strength to tell the kids off anyway and they are taking this news so well so proud of them both considering this week we were going to start with friends and bbq’s!
WHY DID SHE STILL CATCH COVID, DESPITE BEING VACCINATED?
The singer revealed she tested positive for coronavirus through a random swabbing survey, despite receiving the Pfizer vaccine a month ago.
While the jab was shown to be 95 per cent effective at blocking symptomatic Covid in trials, there is always a small risk that someone can catch and carry the virus without showing any signs of illness, known as asymptomatic infection.
UK Government analysis of the vaccines being rolled out in Britain suggests that about 30 per cent of vaccinated people may still go on to catch it without getting sick.
Efficacy is slightly lower after the first dose, with about four in 10 people still susceptible to contracting the disease.
Michelle had only been given her first injection.
The star also only received her vaccine a month ago, meaning immunity against Covid might not have kicked in by the time she was exposed to the virus.
It can take up to three weeks for the jab to stimulate an immune response after vaccination.
She may have caught the virus at around this time and only tested positive later. Covid can remain in the body in detectable levels for a fortnight.
The fact the singer was asymptomatic actually highlights the success of the vaccines.
Michelle suffers from heart issues which leave her particularly vulnerable to Covid.
Doctors said her conditions could have been ‘a lot worse’ if she had not been given the jab.
‘As kids go back to school and we start to see more people, we really need to face that some of us are going to get it…
‘So, as I fall back asleep and get my husband more paracetamol from the draw …. let’s all support our amazing #nhs #staysafe #vaccine.
‘Ps, If anyone fancies walking our dog give me a call she’s not looking to happy at me right now!’ (sic)
The artist has documented her vaccination experience on social media at the time, sharing: ‘4 days ago, I was invite for my #covid_19 #bnt162b2 injection.
‘We must ALL still be careful!’ The media personality expressed the importance of still staying safe amid the UK’s vaccine rollout (pictured at the vaccination site last month)
‘Otherwise known as #lifesaving. To say I was overwhelmed when I got the invite is an understatement. Ive just had it! I’m currently sat in the town hall in elstree with around 50 people who had it in the last half hour.. with probably another 50…
‘People working and helping jab us all up and save our lives … #heroes. I’m sat in my row of 5 waiting for the next alarm to go off (every 3 mins) Meaning my row can leave.
‘I’ve been crying, course is have, tears of emotion knowing how lucky I am getting it this early, how lucky we are we have the #nhs, how lucky are we to get it, when I’m sure we all know people whom never got to their jab.
HOW SAFE IS THE PFIZER VACCINE?
Scientists have carried out extensive clinical trials on the Pfizer vaccine and established that it is safe to use.
And the UK regulator rubber-stamped it with a seal of approval, saying it was safe to administer, after evaluating data from 44,000 volunteers in the trials.
But they issued an advisory notice saying that those with a history of allergies should not get the vaccine.
Concerns have been raised over the speed with which the vaccine was approved – in a matter of months – but scientists have said no corners were cut and this was possible due to the enormous number of volunteers that signed up for the clinical trials.
Pfizer and BioNTech both said they found no serious safety concerns during their four-month long trials.
A spokesman for Pfizer said their jab was ‘generally well tolerated with no serious safety concerns reported’.
‘The trial has enrolled over 44,000 participants to date, over 42,000 of whom have received a second vaccination.’
Professor Ian Jones, a virologist at the University of Reading, said that the vaccine was ‘extremely safe’ and that he would be cautious about attributing the allergic reactions to the jab.
‘I think it’s probably safer in my view than many other vaccines currently available,’ he told MailOnline. ‘It really is very clean technology.’
‘I would be cautious about attributing the allergic reactions to the vaccine at this moment, especially as it hasn’t cropped up in clinical trials,’ he said.
‘The big allergic reaction to vaccines normally is an egg allergy, because historically influenza vaccines and several others have been grown in hens eggs and you inevitably get a bit of egg protein coming through with the final product.
‘But there’s nothing like that in the mRNA vaccine. The only addition is the lipid coating that they put on the mRNA before it goes into cells – but there’s no history of allergic reactions to that.’
He added that the MHRA had been ‘cautious’ in saying that those with a history of allergies should not get the vaccine.
Professor Heidi Larson, director of the Vaccine Confidence Project, told Sky News the vaccine was approved so quickly due to a ramping up of its clinical trials.
‘The safety regulatory process is still there but the time frame between things, they’ve tried to shorten, just in terms of it’s not sitting in a pile of things to be approved,’ she said.
‘I never realised I’d be invited this early on. I never realised my old and very new health conditions put me earlier. I never realised I was walking around with a higher risk of more complications if I got it. Until now! Get your jab! Stay safe!
‘What an incredible easy and well organised site Covid vaccine site.. thank you for having me. See you in 12 weeks!’
Michelle didn’t mention the medical conditions she was referring to, but she has previously been candid about having a double mastectomy and hysterectomy.
In 2012, the-mother-of-two discovered she was carrying the BRCA2 gene, which meant that without surgery she had an 80 to 85 per cent risk of developing breast cancer and a 30 to 40 per cent risk of developing ovarian cancer.
Following the surgery, The Big Reunion star also went through the early menopause aged 35.
In 2013, Michelle told how she had to have surgery work out if she needed a pacemaker, after diet pills she was once addicted to left her with a terrifying cardiac condition.
For six years, the songstress said she was addicted to slimming pills, popping tablets every day to suppress her appetite and maintain her weight.
The Celebrity Big Brother star – who has been married to Virgin Active’s former head of fitness for nearly 11 years – only stopped when the situation got so dire she was forced into hospital after suffering heart problems for seven years.
Last March, Michelle and her family were forced to self-isolate as their neighbour had tested positive for the virus.
Details: The CBB star – who has been married to Virgin Active’s former head of fitness for nearly 11 years (pictured last year) – has underlying issues which she hasn’t disclosed
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