Jo Whiley reveals she’s been offered the vaccine BEFORE her vulnerable sister


BBC Radio 2 star Jo Whiley, who has been campaigned for her vulnerable younger sister to get the Covid vaccine, says it’s ‘ironic’ that she has now herself has been offered it before her sibling, despite being ‘fit and healthy’. 

Whiley, 55, has been vocal on her social media platforms about trying to get her younger sister Frances, who has diabetes and learning difficulties, the vaccine. 

On Monday, the broadcaster said it had been a ‘long, anxious weekend’ after there was an outbreak of Covid at Frances’ care home in Northamptonshire. 

NHS England only officially moved onto the next stage of the roll-out yesterday, inviting over-65s and adults with underlying conditions. The national guidance up until now was to focus on the four priority groups — over 70s, NHS staff, care home residents and workers, and seriously-ill adults.

But over-60s in some areas leading the way in the vaccine roll-out have already been contacted. NHS bosses say local health teams can make their own way down the list of nine priority groups, so long as they have attempted to reach everyone above them. 

Official figures suggest that more than 2million Brits in the top four priority groups have still yet to be vaccinated, despite ministers saying they have all been offered a jab. 

Jo Whiley pictured with her sister Frances; the Radio 2 star has been vocal in her criticism that it has taken so long to get her sibling, who has diabetes and learning difficulties, vaccinated 

On Monday, the 55-year-old revealed that she had now been offered the vaccine herself, writing 'I desperately wish my sister had been offered the vaccine before me. I am fit and healthy'

On Monday, the 55-year-old revealed that she had now been offered the vaccine herself, writing ‘I desperately wish my sister had been offered the vaccine before me. I am fit and healthy’

She told her followers: ‘Still no vaccination for Frances and now there’s an outbreak of COVID in her care home. 

‘Staff are doing all they can to keep everyone safe but it’s the stuff of nightmares. She’s distressed and confused, my parents and I never more scared and sad for her.’

Yesterday afternoon, the 55-year-old revealed that she had now been offered the vaccine, saying it made the fight to get Frances vaccinated ‘ironic’.

She wrote: ‘Blimey, the irony. I’ve just been asked to book my vaccine. 

‘I desperately wish my sister had been offered the vaccine before me. I am fit and healthy. She has learning disabilities and diabetes.’  

Jo, pictured with her sister Frances, told followers that  her sister had been left 'distressed and confused' by a Covid outbreak at the care home where she lives

Jo, pictured with her sister Frances, told followers that  her sister had been left ‘distressed and confused’ by a Covid outbreak at the care home where she lives 

Whiley is the latest in a string of celebrities sharing on social media that they have been offered the jab.   

US singer Courtney Love became the latest star to get the injection yesterday at an NHS clinic in Chelsea, West London. 

The 56-year-old – whose representatives say has an underlying health condition that makes her eligible – left Los Angeles and relocated to London in the autumn of 2019.

On Sunday, Nigella Lawson claimed her head was ‘in a spin’ at being offered the Covid vaccine. The 61-year-old TV chef revealed she had been sent a text message on Valentine’s Day inviting her to book an appointment.

Courtney Love has received the COVID-19 vaccine in the UK, despite the jab only currently being offered to the vulnerable and those over the age of 65

Courtney Love has received the COVID-19 vaccine in the UK, despite the jab only currently being offered to the vulnerable and those over the age of 65

Nigella Lawson, 60, has said her 'head is in a spin' at being offered the Covid vaccine - ahead of thousands of over-65s elsewhere in the country - on Valentine's Day

Nigella Lawson, 60, has said her ‘head is in a spin’ at being offered the Covid vaccine – ahead of thousands of over-65s elsewhere in the country – on Valentine’s Day

Nigella is not the only 60-year-old celebrity to get booked in for their Covid jab, with This Morning's Ruth Langsford revealing she was vaccinated on Monday

Nigella is not the only 60-year-old celebrity to get booked in for their Covid jab, with This Morning’s Ruth Langsford revealing she was vaccinated on Monday

Meanwhile, Ruth Langsford, the 60-year-old This Morning presenter, said she was ‘so grateful’ to receive her first vaccine on Saturday, thanking everyone involved in an Instagram update. 

And Gardeners’ World presenter Monty Don, 65, also praised the NHS after getting his first dose on the same day. It’s not clear whether any of the TV personalities have underlying conditions that would bump them up the queue.

British reality show host Nadia Essex, 39, who has no health issues, is thought to be the youngest celebrity to be offered a vaccine. She revealed she was ‘going for it’ last Thursday after asking her fans for their opinion.

The handful of cases underline the disparity in the speed at which older people are being offered the vaccine in different places across the country. Wales has already began inviting over-50s, while Northern Ireland started offering appointments to over-65s in January.

NHS England only officially moved onto the next stage of the roll-out today, inviting over-65s and adults with underlying conditions. The national guidance up until now was to focus on the four priority groups — over 70s, NHS staff, care home residents and workers, and seriously-ill adults.

But over-60s in some areas leading the way in the vaccine roll-out have already been contacted. NHS bosses say local health teams can make their own way down the list of nine priority groups, so long as they have attempted to reach everyone above them.

Official figures suggest that more than 2million Brits in the top four priority groups have still yet to be vaccinated, despite ministers saying they have all been offered a jab.

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