COVID-19: Unvaccinated mother, 27, dies of coronavirus as her father demands fines for people who refuse a shot | british news
The father of an unvaccinated 27-year-old woman who died of COVID has called for fines for people who refuse to get the shot.
Steve Baird told Sky News he believes his daughter Rashelle would still be alive if she… coronavirus vaccine and want it to be made mandatory.
The mother-of-three died on Friday after delaying the shot because she was busy caring for her young children, her family says.
Baird insists Rashelle, from Brechin in Scotland, was not an anti-vaxxer and believes she would have had the vaccine had she known she would be fined if she didn’t.
He told Sky News: “I’m upset she didn’t get her injections. I’m upset because I lost her.
“The doctor said to me ‘if she’d had the injections, she’d still be here’. It’s tragic.
“In retrospect, I would go back and kick her in the butt (to get the vaccine) — and say ‘you have three little kids’.”
“It’s absolutely crazy not to get vaccinated,” he added.
“I think fines are the way to go, because people don’t want to pay a fine. They don’t want to be punished with a £1,000 fine.
‘How are they going to pay for that? Well, you should have been vaccinated.’
Rashelle, who had asthma, was hospitalized with breathing difficulties early this month and tested positive for COVID.
She was placed in an artificial coma on Nov. 3 and on a ventilator for 16 days, her sister Lani said.
After her condition suddenly deteriorated, she died in the early hours of November 19.
Mr Baird said the family rushed to the hospital to be with her but she had already died when they arrived.
“I never got to say goodbye to her,” he told Sky News.
“I whispered in her ear. I talked to her. She was still warm.
‘I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. It’s a horrible, horrible thing.”
Rashelle last spoke to her children — ages two, six and eight — and her partner Scott on the phone shortly before she went into a coma, her father said.
Her death from COVID comes a year after her uncle died of the virus, he added.
Rashelle’s sister Lani said she encouraged her to get the COVID shot before she got sick, but she “always puts her kids first.”
“She was becoming a mother,” Ms Baird told Sky News.
“Now we are in a situation where she has put it off so many times that the children do not have a mother.
“She was not an anti-vaxxer. She wanted to get the vaccine. She was determined to get it.
“It was timing. It always clashed with something she had to do with the kids.’
Baird, who is a delivery boy, said he is now “afraid to go outside” while calling for stricter rules on wearing face masks.
“It’s infuriating when you go into the supermarket and you see a lot of people walking around, without masks, it doesn’t matter, thinking ‘we are invincible,'” he said.
“COVID can hit you so quickly.
“All I would say to people is, please, please get that shot.
“(COVID) has ruined my family. My family will never be the same.”