Unjabbed intensive care Covid patient, 48, who has spent more than two months in hospital admits he was ‘TOO LAZY’ to get vaccine and says the ‘big mistake’ has left him barely able to move or breathe by himself
A man being treated for Covid in a London hospital admitted he repeatedly put off getting the vaccine because he was too ‘lazy’.
Jasem Nissi, 48, is intubated in an intensive care unit at London’s Royal Free Hospital after suffering severe complications from the virus for over two months.
Despite being a ‘strong man’, the patient said that he felt too weak to sit at the edge of his bed or get up to go to the toilet, he told Sky News’ home editor Jason Farrell in an interview.
Asked if he was vaccinated, Mr Nissi said: ‘No, no no, I wasn’t because I was lazy to be honest with you.
‘Every day, I said “tomorrow, tomorrow”. And I’d always, you know, go to work and back to home. Nowhere else, only work and back home.
‘My work environment is, usually you can say it’s clean because no one can go in if not vaccinated or if [they’ve] not done the test. To be honest with you, big mistake. I didn’t get the vaccine. It’s happened, it’s a mistake.’
Jasem Nissi, 48, is intubated in an intensive care unit at London’s Royal Free Hospital after suffering severe complications from the virus for over two months
Asked how the illness had affected him, Mr Nissi said: ‘When I’m lying down, I can’t breathe without my mask. But if I want to sit on the edge of the bed, it’s not possible. I lose my breathing, it’s going to be very, very short.
‘It’s very hard and my strength is gone. I’m a very strong guy, but now I can’t stand, I can’t do nothing.
‘I’m worried, I just want to walk… You see, my body is shaking because it’s very weak. My hand, when I want to eat, it’s shaking, all my body is shaking. And I feel very cold, freezing.
Jasem Nissi, 48, says it was a ‘big mistake’ not to get the vaccine
‘I love to eat, but the problem is I can’t go to the toilet because [being] in the bed, it’s not natural you know. This made me worried, and then you lose your dignity and it’s embarrassing.’
News of Mr Nissi’s ordeal comes after data from across England showed less than nine per cent of Covid patients in critical care are boosted. This compares to more than 60 per cent who have not had a vaccine.
This is despite over-18s with boosters making up the majority of the adult population, compared to just the fraction who are unvaccinated.
Ministers have called for all adults to book in their booster as the country’s best line of defence against the current Omicron wave.
Yesterday, Dr David Hepburn of Grange University Hospital in Cwmbran, South Wales, said there are now no vaccinated Covid patients in his hospital’s critical care.
The £350million Specialist Critical Care Centre, which has 24 ICU beds, was opened four months early in November 2020 in order to tackle spiralling coronavirus cases at the time.
But Dr Hepburn said the only people now in treatment are those who have chosen not to take up the offer of a vaccine. He spoke as official figures showed a near-45 per cent fall in daily infections, to 120,821 on Monday. It was the sixth day in a row cases have fallen week-on-week.
The Royal Free Hospital in north London has ten Covid patients in intensive care and 90 in the hospital. This time last year, it was treating 90 Covid patients in ITU (pictured) and 300 overall
The proportion of critical care hospital admissions for Covid in the unvaccinated (orange bar in the top graph) is increasing again to more than 60 per cent, despite the group making up less than 20 per cent of the population as of December (bottom graph)
The news came on a day that experts said Britain was the closest country in the northern hemisphere to exiting the pandemic.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) warned more than half of Europeans will be infected with Omicron in the next two months.
Nicola Sturgeon has kept Covid restrictions in place for Scottish pubs and restaurants for two more weeks but lifted restrictions on football matches and other outdoor events from Monday.
Cases are revealed to be falling in every region of the UK except northeast England;
It emerged Covid particles linger in the air in shower rooms for up to 20 minutes after infected people leave.
Data from the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre (ICNARC) shows the proportion of critical care patients that are unjabbed has been increasing since October.
They made up 47 per cent of all critical admissions in that month but crept up to 60.8 per cent by December this year.
Meanwhile, those who were already triple jabbed in the month only made up 8.9 per cent of people being treated for serious illness with the virus.
This came despite those on three doses already making up a third of the adult population in the month.
The NHS passed another milestone today, reaching more than 30million people triple-jabbed in England alone.
Dr Nikki Kanani, GP and deputy for the NHS Covid Vaccination Programme, urged those still yet to receive a jab, second dose or booster to come forward for an appointment.
NHS England figures show there were 2,158 new positive tests in English hospitals on January 3, the latest date data is available. But of those, just 1,635 were infections occurring ‘in the community’, NHS England said — meaning 523 are likely to have caught the virus in hospital (24 per cent). This figure is more than double the amount being infected on wards back at the start of December, when fewer than 10 per cent were catching Covid in hospital each day
Some hospitals saw more than half their Covid cases likely occurring in wards, with St George’s University Hospital in Omicron hotspot London having the highest proportion at 50.6 per cent
She said: ‘Since the booster rollout launched in September, NHS staff and volunteers have pulled out all the stops to protect the country and today we have reached another milestone of 30million top-up doses, with almost eight in 10 eligible adults now boosted.
‘There are more than 3000 vaccination sites across the country, with appointment slots popping up all the time, and it has never been easier to find a time and place that’s convenient for you.
‘If you haven’t yet had your first, second or booster dose, please do come forward, as we know this provides the best protection from coronavirus and trusted healthcare professionals are on hand to answer any questions you may have.’
Proportion of Covid patients who may have caught virus in hospital has DOUBLED since Omicron took off
The proportion of hospitalised Covid patients who may have become infected while being treated for another condition has doubled since the emergence of Omicron, MailOnline can reveal.
NHS England bosses logged 2,158 new admissions on January 3, the most recent date accurate data is available for. But of those, just 1,635 were infections that occurred ‘in the community’ — meaning 24 per cent of patients were thought to have caught the virus in hospital.
This figure is more than double the amount being infected on wards back at the start of December, when fewer than 10 per cent of daily admissions were believed to have caught the illness on NHS wards.
Analysis revealed the worst-hit hospital, St George’s University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in South London, saw nosocomial infections make up at least half of its total coronavirus admissions during the most recent week.
Experts told MailOnline infections on wards may be ‘inevitable’ due to high prevalence in the community — but claim it is vital health service leaders distinguish whether cases are being passed on by staff or other patients to crack down on the spread of the virus.
Boris Johnson yesterday described the number of patients being infected on wards as ‘unacceptable’, saying: ‘You shouldn’t go into hospital and then contract Covid.’