Jo Whiley "nightmare" at being offered Covid jab before vulnerable sister

Jo Whiley said she was living “a nightmare” after being offered the coronavirus sting in front of her vulnerable sister.

The BBC Radio 2 DJ said Frances, 53, who has a rare genetic syndrome called Cri du Chat, has since tested positive for Covid.

Emotional Jo, 55, expressed frustration amid the coronavirus pandemic while chatting on BBC Radio 4’s Today program, The Mirror Reports.

The Northampton DJ said she wanted to speak out on behalf of people like Frances who were “overlooked” and added, “People with learning difficulties are neglected.”

On Tuesday morning, Whiley said the nursing home Frances lives in suffered a Covid-19 outbreak last week and the effects on her sister’s mental health were “pretty extreme”.

She said, “Oh my god, I can’t tell you how frustrating it is and how awful it is.

“Right now they’re nightmares. I feel like I’m experiencing a nightmare.

“It was horrible the whole weekend – really, really difficult. It was hard for my parents, it was hard for everyone in the nursing home and it goes on.

“And then, ironically, I got the message that I should have my vaccine in front of my sister, who has learning difficulties and underlying health conditions. Imagine that. “

Frances has not been able to see her parents since the outbreak and became “very distressed”.

On Twitter she said of Frances: “I feel like I’m in a terrible movie with bad twists.

“I got a call late last night to say that Frances, my sister, tested positive and has Covid.

“Our worst fears were realized after we got her to safety for a year and got so close with a vaccine … she’s all right so far … all crossed.”

More than 15 million people in the UK have received their first dose of a Covid vaccine, just over two months since it was first given.

The NHS initially targeted the four main priority groups, including those over the age of 70 and health and care workers, to offer the sting to all members of that group by mid-February.

Whiley said she did not know why she had been vaccinated but suggested that it could be because she is classified as her sister’s carer.

“I don’t understand, to be honest,” she told the program.

“Myself, my parents and the home have done everything possible to make the vaccine easier for the people who need it most.

“She’s in the sixth stage, but she also has pretty bad diabetes, which I know puts her in the fourth stage because she has an underlying health condition. So I would have thought she would have been vaccinated, but it isn’t happen. “

“And I suppose I just want to speak out for people like Frances, who live in their nursing home and have been overlooked because this is so common.

“People with learning difficulties are neglected. They have no voice, they have no one there. Just bother everyone and say, “What about me? Help me out of here. “

While she said her thoughts are “confused” as to why she was called for her bump.

She added, “And I would give up my vaccine right away if I could for my sister and one of the residents of her home to get their vaccine. It just doesn’t feel right. “

“Too many people with learning disabilities are still waiting,” says the charity

Edel Harris, executive director of the Mencap learning disability charity, said: “It is encouraging that the government has reached the milestone of vaccinating the four major priority groups – but too many people with learning disabilities are still waiting despite being at high risk Virus die.

“People with a learning disability are six times more likely to die of Covid-19 than the rest of the population, but people with a mild or moderate learning disability have no priority at all.” We urge the government to urgently include all people with learning disabilities in the sixth group – it is not too late.

“It is unacceptable that within a group of people so severely affected by the pandemic, who were on average over 20 years younger than the general population before Covid’s death, many are scared and wonder why they were left out.

“The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) and the government must act now to save the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in society by making vaccine a priority for all those with learning disabilities.”

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