Husband makes vaccine plea after wife dies of Covid without seeing their newborn daughter

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The husband of a woman who died of Covid-19 after refusing the vaccine has begged people not to wait to get jabbed.

Saiqa Parveen, 37, was eight months pregnant when she caught the virus and died without meeting her new born daughter.

Doctors at the Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield put her on a ventilator.

Her daughter, Dua Maryam, was born healthy but her mother died shortly after.

Saiqa’s husband Majid Ghafur, who is now looking after their five daughters, said his wife never even learned if she was having “a baby girl or boy”.

He visited her in intensive care but their children had to say goodbye over FaceTime.

He said: “I’m going to pass this message to the whole world, I just beg all people to get the vaccine, otherwise it’s very hard for them.

“It’s a very deadly disease, you know.

“She planned so many things. And this disease didn’t give her a chance.”

His plea comes as the government urged the elderly and vulnerable to get their Covid-19 booster jabs as part of a “national mission” to help avoid a return to coronavirus restrictions over Christmas.

So far almost 10 million people in the UK have received a top-up jab, but around 30% of over-80s and 40% of over-50s in England are yet to receive a booster shot of vaccine, the Department of Health and Social Care said.

Three million more people in England are being invited to have their coronavirus booster jabs next week after Saturday saw a record day when more than 371,000 people had a top-up jab.

People over 50 and those most at risk from Covid-19 are eligible for a booster six months after their second jab.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid said younger relatives should urge eligible parents and grandparents to take up the offer of a booster and the flu vaccine.

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