Care home worker, 16, tells of her joy after receiving second jab

Is this the youngest person to be fully vaccinated in Britain? Care home worker, 16, who lives with her grandmother tells of her joy after receiving second AstraZeneca jab

  • Ellie Goldsmith was eligible for the AstraZeneca vaccine because of her care job
  • She also lives with her grandmother who has a range of health problems  
  • Ellie, of Lincolnshire, had her first jab in February and her second last Friday

A 16-year-old – and part-time care home worker – has received her second jab against Covid.

Ellie Goldsmith, who is studying for her GCSEs, was eligible for the AstraZeneca vaccine because of her care job.

She also lives with her grandmother who has a range of health problems and has been shielding.

Ellie, of Bourne, Lincolnshire, had her first jab in February and her second last Friday. She said she had the vaccine to protect residents at the Yew Tree care home where she works every weekend.

Ellie Goldsmith, pictured, who is studying for her GCSEs, was eligible for the AstraZeneca vaccine because of her care job

She added: ‘I love the residents and helping them. Everyone’s so nice and lovely so I don’t really see it as a job. 

‘I just wanted to get the vaccine done so I could feel a bit safer, especially with my nan and her illness. 

‘I don’t believe any of the conspiracy theories… I know a vaccine can’t make you spurt extra limbs. I didn’t even have any side effects.’

Meanwhile, under-50s will start to be offered jabs as the vaccine rollout ploughs on despite a slowdown in supplies. 

More than 32million have now been given a first dose of the vaccine.

NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said: ‘Vaccinating 19 out of 20 people aged 50 and over is an incredible milestone…

‘It’s one of our tickets out of this pandemic and offers real hope for the future.’

Ellie, of Bourne, Lincolnshire, had her first jab in February and her second last Friday. She said she had the vaccine to protect residents at the Yew Tree care home where she works every weekend

Ellie said she wanted to get the vaccine to protect herself and residents at the Yew Tree Residential Care Home in Dowsby, Lincolnshire., where she works every weekend.

She also lives with her grandmother who has a range of health problems and has been shielding during the pandemic.

Ellie, from Bourne,  said: ‘The injection was fine but I’m not really bothered about needles.’ 

Ellie who is studying for her GCSEs at Bourne Academy after spending months remote learning added: ‘It’s been so stressful thinking about GCSES throughout the pandemic.

‘We don’t have the final exams which is good but I think people are giving young people a bad reputation at the minute.

‘They should probably go easier a bit because it’s been really stressful on us as well.

‘But I’d say to anyone my age that they should take the vaccine.

‘I didn’t even have any side effects but it’s just a jab like you would get at school or the flu jab.

‘It’s just normal and everyone should get it to protect yourself and others..’ 

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