Mother-of-three, 27, dies of Covid after constantly 'putting off' jab

Mother-of-three, 27, dies of Covid after constantly 'putting off' jab

November 24, 2021

Mother-of-three, 27, dies of Covid after constantly ‘putting off’ jab because she was busy with the children – as her devasted father insists she was ‘not an anti-vaxxer… she just put her kids first’

  • Rashelle Baird’s father Stephen said she was ‘not an anti-vaxxer’ before death
  • Mother-of-three from Brechin died of Covid at Dundee’s Ninewells Hospital
  • Her father warned those putting it off to get their vaccinations soon as possible 

A mother-of-three has died of Covid after constantly ‘putting off’ the jab because she was busy with her children.

Rashelle Baird’s devastated father Stephen said she was ‘not an anti-vaxxer’ and ‘just put her kids first’.

The 27-year-old mother, from Brechin, died last week at Dundee’s Ninewells Hospital after becoming ill with the virus.

Her father warned those who have not yet been vaccinated to ‘just get it done’.

Rashelle Baird’s (pictured) devastated father Stephen said she was ‘not an anti-vaxxer’ and ‘just put her kids first’

He told the BBC: ‘It was just more to with, every time she got an appointment in, she had something to do with the kids.

‘So she put it off and put it off. She wanted to get her vaccine but she put her kids first.’

Rashelle suffered from asthma and initially thought she had caught a cold from her children. But when her symptoms dramatically worsened she had to be admitted to hospital.

Her sister Lani (pictured) paid tribute to ‘the life and soul of the party’, who she said was ‘kind’ and ‘bubbly’

Lani, pictured, said Rashelle was ‘determined’ to get the jab but never managed to get round to it, and she hopes their experience will encourage others to get theirs

After several days in an induced coma in the intensive care unit she died, but her father thinks she would have pulled through had she been vaccinated.

Her sister Lani paid tribute to ‘the life and soul of the party’, who she said was ‘kind’ and ‘bubbly’.

She said Rashelle was ‘determined’ to get the jab but never managed to get round to it, and she hopes their experience will encourage others to get theirs. 

It comes after an anti-vaxxer British mother and her daughter died less than a fortnight apart in hospital after both refused to have the jab before contracting coronavirus, leaving their family ‘devastated’.

Sammie-Jo Forde, 32, died in Ulster Hospital near Belfast in September only 11 days after her mother Heather Maddern, 55, passed away in the same ward on August 31.

Miss Forde’s father Kevin McAllister said it will ‘haunt me for the rest of my life’ that his daughter did not take the vaccine – adding that she leaves behind four children, Max, Ruby, Milo and Daisy.

Both Miss Forde and Ms Maddern – who were only two beds away from each other in hospital – were care workers who looked after elderly people in their own homes.

Kevin McAllister is pictured with his daughter Sammie-Jo Forde, who died in Ulster Hospital

Miss Forde (right), 32, died in September, 11 days after her mother Heather Maddern (left), 55

Miss Forde, who had no underlying health conditions, had been texting her father while she was being treated in hospital and told him: ‘Dad, Mummy’s passed away.’

Mr McAllister, who also has two sons, said he did not understand why neither his daughter nor Ms Maddern, who is his ex-partner, decided not to have the jab. 

Ms Maddern shared a series of Covid-19 conspiracy theories in the weeks before her death, and a post about nurses threatened with the sack if they did not have the jab.

She also shared videos from US conservative commentator and activist Candace Owens on what to do if your employer is forcing you to have the jab, and another from a woman talking about why children should not be getting the vaccine. 

Because both Miss Forde and Ms Maddern were care workers, they would have been among the first groups to have been offered the jab when the rollout began.

Tragedies of loved ones who refused Covid jab

Matthew Keenan told friends that he ‘wished he had his jab’

A self-confessed vaccine sceptic who said ‘if he could turn back time he would’ after he was admitted to hospital in July with Covid-19 died with the virus aged 34.

Matthew Keenan told friends that he ‘wished he had his jab’ after he was hospitalised at Bradford Royal Infirmary and placed in an induced coma in a bid to save him.

Dr Leanne Cheyne, a respiratory consultant at the hospital, shared a photo of him in an oxygen mask and hooked up to a ventilator as he fought for his life.

Glenn Barratt told nurses that he wished he had been jabbed

A 51-year-old man who chose not to be jabbed died with Covid-19, with his final words to bedside nurses and doctors being: ‘I wish I had.’

Glenn Barratt, from Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, is thought to have caught coronavirus while watching England v Croatia at a venue in June during Euro 2020.

All over 50s had been offered a jab by mid-April, but he chose not to have it and died in hospital after fighting the virus for weeks.

John Eyers, 42, died from Covid-19

A fit and healthy 42-year-old father with a love of rock climbing and bodybuilding died of Covid-19 after refusing the vaccine because he thought he would be OK if he caught the virus, his twin sister said.

John Eyers, a construction expert from Southport, Merseyside, had been climbing the Welsh mountains and wild camping one month before his death last week, which came exactly four weeks after he tested positive.

His twin sister Jenny McCann from London said he was the ‘fittest, healthiest person I know’ and had thought he would only have a ‘mild illness’ if he contracted coronavirus, adding that he had a ‘belief in his own immortality’. Mrs McCann said that Mr Eyers had ‘no underlying health conditions’ but did also state that he had asthma.

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