A health-conscious former bodybuilder, 42, has died from Covid-19 after refusing to be vaccinated because he believed he would only suffer from a “mild illness”.
John Eyers had enjoyed a climbing trip in the Welsh mountains before testing positive for the virus four weeks ago. He died last week tied to a ventilator in hospital, leaving his family devastated.
Twin sister Jenny McCann, from London, described her brother as “the fittest and healthiest person I know”.
“The only pre-existing health problem he had was the belief in his own immortality,” she said via Twitter.
“He thought if he contracted Covid-19 everything would be fine. He thought he would have a mild illness. He didn’t want to put a vaccine in his body.
He then confessed to his doctor that he “wished he had been vaccinated,” she said.
“He was pumped full of all the meds at the hospital. They threw everything at him. But ultimately, the bedmate of Covid-19 infection and organ failure took his life.
“His death is a tragedy. It shouldn’t have happened.
Construction worker Mr Eyers, of Southport, Merseyside, leaves behind his mother and father, twin sister and a 19 year old daughter.
Dr Will Budd, medical adviser to myGP, the UK’s largest independent healthcare app, said cases like Mr Eyers’ were sadly too common.
“As we are seeing with the new variants, unfortunately younger patients are getting sicker and sicker with Covid and putting more emphasis on the need for the vaccine,” he said. I.
“Simply put, the vaccine works by teaching our immune system what the virus looks like, allowing our bodies to prepare for a fight.
“Covid enters our cells using the keys it has on its outer surface. The vaccine teaches our body to make locks for these keys that prevent it from entering our cells. So if you enter in contact with the virus, you should be able to neutralize it or at least reduce the number of viruses that infect us. The vaccine is safe and effective that way. “
More than 85 million Covid-19 vaccines have been administered in the UK, with 73% of adults fully vaccinated.
The latest data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) shows that only 4% of the adult population remains reluctant to immunize. This jumps to 10% hesitation for adults aged 22-25, and up to 14% for teens aged 16 and 17.
The vaccination schedule is expected to be extended to 16 and 17 year olds, with expert advice expected to be revealed in the near future.