Binman who claimed he was a ‘hero’ for avoiding Covid jab begs people to get it
An anti-vaxxer who said he was "a hero" for refusing the Covid jab now says he "wishes he'd had the vaccine" as he urges people not to make the same mistake from his hospital bed.
Andrew Pugh, 52, is fighting for his life after he was struck down with Covid before Christmas.
"You don't want to end up like me," he said to those who remain un-jabbed.
He was so ill, his family were told he had a 50/50 chance of surviving after he was rushed into intensive care.
Doctors battled to keep the dad-of-three, from Worcester, alive and he now only breathes with the aid of an oxygen mask.
Speaking from his hospital bed at Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Andrew now says he wishes he had been jabbed.
He said: "I didn't get the vaccine, I thought I was being the hero.
"If it wasn't for the nurses and the fact I'm a non-smoker I wouldn't be alive – they saved my life.
"I want to say thank you to the staff in the ICU for giving me my second chance, it has been hard and it still is.
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"Please people get your vaccinations, you don't want to end up like me.
"When you're dead and all your family are heartbroken you can't turn around and say 'I wish I had the vaccine'.
"This is very real and people need to get their jabs."
The binman has now been moved onto a ward but remains on oxygen as he continues his recovery from long Covid.
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He was admitted to hospital on December 5 and was only allowed one visitor to spend an hour with him on Christmas Day.
His niece, Sophie Pugh, organised a collection for the staff on the intensive care unit as a thank you for their life-saving work.
The collection consisted of 16 bags, three boxes, bottles of water and juice "plus a few vouchers."
Since the booster roll-out, 59 per cent of people in the UK aged 12 and over have been double or triple-jabbed.
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