Intensive care staff in tears over young unvaccinated adults dying with Covid

Liverpool Council shows the inside of a Covid Intensive Care ward

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The clip shows one medical staff at Royal Liverpool Hospital brought to tears by the “disturbing” scenes of young people losing their lives with coronavirus every day. The film has been made by Liverpool City Council as part of the drive to improve vaccination uptake in the city, where in some wards less than half of residents are double jabbed.

Across the city as a whole, around 30% of the population are still unvaccinated.

So the council visited the hospital to produce the hard-hitting footage of people fighting for their lives days before Christmas. 

“Not one of them has been vaccinated against COVID-19,” the narrator says.

“Every day teams of doctors and nurses are going above and beyond the call of duty, trying to support people who have been admitted to hospital.

“It’s a sad reality that those who aren’t vaccinated have a higher chance of being hospitalised and needing treatment, putting more pressure and the people who work in it, who are already physically and mentally exhausted.”

There were around 70 new Covid admissions in the week up to December 12 across three hospitals in Merseyside alone, Liverpool Echo says.

The number of Covid cases has risen dramatically in Liverpool recently as a result of the emergence of the new Omicron variant.

So the footage continues with the words: “The message is simple. Get vaccinated” appear on the screen.

Dr Peter Hampshire, director of critical care at Royal Liverpool Hospital near the Kensington area of the city, said four in five of covid patients in intensive care were unvaccinated.

He told council videographer Jennifer Bruce: “It’s shocking to see healthy, young people coming in, early 30s, early 40s.

“Sometimes you see patients who die of covid and they’re young and you know, it’s extremely upsetting for the staff to see that.

“Four out of five of our patients have not had the vaccine. It’s fair to say that the vaccine, we know, protects people against severe disease and death.

“So perhaps if those people had had the vaccine, then that wouldn’t have happened and their families wouldn’t be where they are.

“It’s a safe drug, it’s been tested and we know that it works. Go and get the jab, get booked in.”

In the ward Ms Bruce was invited to film in, every patient aged between 30 and 40 was unvaccinated.

She wrote: “As I interview a few of the doctors and nurses I am disturbed by the ages of the patients on the covid ICU ward: the youngest is 30.

“Unvaccinated, with no underlying health conditions. This was repeated across all the interviews, with the oldest patient just 40 years old.

“There’s a sadness amongst the ICU staff – and a sense of frustration. I ask them about it and all of them, once again, say the same thing: – it didn’t necessarily have to be this way for these patients.”

Boris Johnson announced yesterday that no new restrictions would be introduced before Christmas Day while the cabinet awaits more data on whether surging Omicron infection rates will translate into a significant jump in hospital admissions.

London’s hospitals have shown signs of a large increase in hospitalisations, however that trend has yet to be seen outside the capital.

Walk-in vaccinations are open in most cities and towns as the vaccination campaign continues.

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