Isaac Lee, 16, is a year 11 student at St Thomas More High School in Gateshead. He lives in Ryton ,Gateshead with his mum Clare, dad Johnny and 11-year-old sister Esme. This month Isaac is booked in to receive his second Covid vaccine to protect both himself, family, friends, school and his local community. He is encouraging other eligible young people to get fully vaccinated to stop the spread of Covid.
“When I had Covid in July 2021 I had really bad headaches and flu-like symptoms. I was ill for two to three days and then perked up. It didn’t come as a shock as I was half expecting it. I didn’t have the vaccine then and everyone around me seemed to be getting ill.
“It did mean that we had to cancel our family holiday to Mallorca. I was gutted and really felt for my family but there’s nothing we could do about it. Ever since we’ve had to keep changing our plans depending on what restrictions are in place. It's just the way it is at the moment.
“Although I wasn’t seriously ill when I had Covid I felt strongly about getting the vaccine when I was eligible. My decision wasn’t so much for myself but to protect those around me.
“At the time the vaccine hadn’t been tested on young people so a few of my friends wanted to wait a little bit to see how it might affect us. Which I thought at the time was fair. The rest of my friends took up the offer to get vaccinated right away like me. It took two seconds but meant we were doing our bit.
“The risk of getting seriously ill from Covid is much higher than becoming ill due to the vaccine. I feel that it’s a risk worth taking. To protect lives and help everyone to move forward.
“As a young person, I honestly don’t know how I feel about the future. Things change so often. I’m currently doing GCSE prep but we don’t really know if the exams will definitely happen in person or not. We’ll have to wait and see. For now, I just want to do my bit to help fight Covid and choosing to get the vaccine is something I can actually control.”