Michelle Heaton discusses being in isolation after catching Covid despite having vaccine


Michelle Heaton has admitted she is ‘really bewildered’ since she and her entire family caught coronavirus, despite having had the Pfizer vaccine. 

The singer, 41, recently told how she, her husband Hugh Hanley and their two children Faith, nine, and Aaron, seven, all tested positive for Covid-19.

Speaking on Thursday’s episode of Lorraine, Michelle, who got the vaccine early because she is on the ‘vulnerable list’ of people with underlying health conditions, insisted ‘no one is invincible’ as she encouraged people to get vaccinated. 

Honest: Michelle Heaton has admitted she is 'really bewildered' since she and her entire family caught coronavirus, despite having had the vaccine

Honest: Michelle Heaton has admitted she is ‘really bewildered’ since she and her entire family caught coronavirus, despite having had the vaccine

She said: ‘I’m alright. I’ve put on makeup and I’m really nervous being on TV again. We haven’t been able to do anything for quite some time. 

‘I’m not suffering from any major symptoms. I’m really bewildered we all got it at the same time. I’m in a bit of weird bubble.

The media personality joked her husband has been suffering with ‘man flu’ since testing positive and was surprised it affected him so badly.

She said: ‘My lovely husband is suffering man flu. No, he’s doing well. He had more side effects than I did, he’s so fit and healthy you wouldn’t have thought it would have affected him. He had nausea, lost appetite, a bit of a cough. My kids think it’s a holiday.’ 

'I'm doing ok': Michelle Heaton has revealed she, her husband Hugh Hanley and their two children (pictured in 2020) have contracted Covid, one month after she had her first Pfizer jab

‘I’m doing ok’: Michelle Heaton has revealed she, her husband Hugh Hanley and their two children (pictured in 2020) have contracted Covid, one month after she had her first Pfizer jab

Dr Hilary Jones, who was also on the show, told Michelle: ‘We know you’ll have created antibodies and without those antibodies, you being exposed to Covid as you have been, could have made it much worse.

Michelle agreed, replying: ‘I’m so grateful to the NHS and I’m a massive supporter of vaccines in general. We get vaccines when we go abroad. 

‘No one is invincible, we’re all vulnerable. We’ve all lost friends and family, our next door neighbour was one of the first people who passed away.’ 

Michelle, who received the vaccine early because she has underlying health issues, told how a nurse warned her she could have been hospitalised with Covid had she not had her vaccine.  

Health: Speaking on Thursday's episode of Lorraine, Michelle insisted 'no one is invincible' as she encouraged people to get vaccinated

Health: Speaking on Thursday’s episode of Lorraine, Michelle insisted ‘no one is invincible’ as she encouraged people to get vaccinated

She said: ‘I had the Pfizer vaccine four weeks to the day I got invited cos I was on the vulnerable list. I remember being really tired and I was a little bit nauseous that night.

‘Biweekly, we get tested as a family when we said yes to being part of a random survey for Oxford to see where Covid is rife. It always came back negative until now. All four of us are positive. 

‘It’s a bit of a shame it’s half term because we were planning on having barbecues. It’s also probably a good time because it means they don’t miss anymore school. 

‘The nurses did say to me, each person in the household has a two hour call to try and track and trace. 

'Without my jab, I could've felt worse': The Liberty X star took to Instagram on Wednesday to thank the NHS for encouraging her to get the shot (pictured last month at vaccine centre)

‘Without my jab, I could’ve felt worse’: The Liberty X star took to Instagram on Wednesday to thank the NHS for encouraging her to get the shot (pictured last month at vaccine centre)

‘I was thinking the vaccine didn’t work, it wasn’t until she said to me, “thank goodness you did get your first vaccine because it could have been a lot worst, you could have been hospitalised.”‘ 

Shortly after her interview on Lorraine, Michelle took to Instagram and posted a screenshot of her latest Covid test results, revealing she is still positive and has to stay in isolation.

Alongside the snap, she wrote: ‘Not that I need to …. I’m too bloody old to care but hey ho, I’m in isolation for another 5 days so nothing else to do but play along! Knock you’re selves out .. As if I’d lie lol’. 

 

Disappointed: Michelle took to Instagram and posted a screenshot of her latest Covid test results, revealing she is still positive and has to stay in isolation

Disappointed: Michelle took to Instagram and posted a screenshot of her latest Covid test results, revealing she is still positive and has to stay in isolation

Michelle took to Instagram on Wednesday to thank the NHS for encouraging her to get the shot.

Alongside a cheery image of her kids, the singer said: ‘As a person with many underlying health issues I could have been a lot worse, or may be hospitalised. I’m doing OK, enough strength to tell the kids off anyway!’

It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination, with regulators insisting the best protection comes seven days after the second Pfizer dose, which is usually given three weeks after the first. 

Staying positive: 'I’m doing OK, enough strength to tell the kids off anyway!', the singer said alongside a cheery image of her kids Faith, nine, and Aaron, seven

Staying positive: ‘I’m doing OK, enough strength to tell the kids off anyway!’, the singer said alongside a cheery image of her kids Faith, nine, and Aaron, seven

Why can people still catch Covid after getting vaccinated?

Despite being proven to dramatically cut the risk of Covid, none of the jabs approved in Britain are 100 per cent effective.

Rigorous scientific studies on tens of thousands of volunteers showed how vaccines almost completely removed the risk of participants falling seriously ill or dying from the coronavirus. 

And the jabs were also highly effective at stopping people developing tell-tale symptoms of the disease.

But no coronavirus vaccine will ever be able to completely wipe out the risk of getting infected. 

It means some vaccinated people will inevitably get infected without having any symptoms, leaving them unaware they are infected and contagious — unless they get tested.

Government analysis of the vaccines currently used in Britain suggests 30 per cent of inoculated people may still go on to catch it without getting sick. 

Some inoculated adults will also fall ill if they get infected — but the risk of getting symptoms is much lower, as has been proven by trials from across the world.  

And the risk of becoming seriously ill, being hospitalised or dying from the virus is even smaller. 

It means deaths and hospitalisations from coronavirus will still occur in the coming months, but No10’s scientific advisers hope — and believe — they will be at much lower levels than seen throughout the pandemic so far.

The personal trainer pointed out the irony that she had tested positive, despite being examined regularly when she took part in the Oxford trial last year. 

The musician said: ‘Yesterday we found out that ALL four of us are Covid positive, after being randomly selected last year as part of the Oxford trail we regularly get tested, negative every week, until now!

‘We know we don’t need to alert the world lol , however, it’s an opportunity to praise the #NHS. They spent the whole day reassuring us and meticulously covering all grounds of where one of us could have got it, also who could get it from us.

‘Now that we have spoken to those who needed to be alerted … we wanted to say THANK YOU to the NHS! @nhsengland. And to to say #getthejab.’ 

The media personality expressed the importance of still staying safe amid the UK’s vaccine rollout.

TV star Michelle said: ‘I had the (Pfizer) jab a month ago – PROVING (NOT that it doesn’t work) but that we must ALL still be careful!

‘Without my first jab, the NHS nurses I spoke to yesterday said thank god I accepted it, as a person with many underlying health issues I could have been a lot worse, or may be hospitalised.

‘I’m doing OK, enough strength to tell the kids off anyway and they are taking this news so well so proud of them both considering this week we were going to start with friends and bbq’s!

‘As kids go back to school and we start to see more people, we really need to face that some of us are going to get it…

‘So, as I fall back asleep and get my husband more paracetamol from the draw …. let’s all support our amazing #nhs #staysafe #vaccine.

‘Ps, If anyone fancies walking our dog give me a call she’s not looking to happy at me right now!’ (sic) 

The artist has documented her vaccination experience on social media at the time, sharing: ‘4 days ago, I was invite for my #covid_19 #bnt162b2 injection. 

'We must ALL still be careful!' The media personality expressed the importance of still staying safe amid the UK's vaccine rollout (pictured at the vaccination site last month)

‘We must ALL still be careful!’ The media personality expressed the importance of still staying safe amid the UK’s vaccine rollout (pictured at the vaccination site last month)

‘Otherwise known as #lifesaving. To say I was overwhelmed when I got the invite is an understatement. Ive just had it! I’m currently sat in the town hall in elstree with around 50 people who had it in the last half hour.. with probably another 50…

‘People working and helping jab us all up and save our lives … #heroes. I’m sat in my row of 5 waiting for the next alarm to go off (every 3 mins) Meaning my row can leave. 

‘I’ve been crying, course is have, tears of emotion knowing how lucky I am getting it this early, how lucky we are we have the #nhs, how lucky are we to get it, when I’m sure we all know people whom never got to their jab.

HOW SAFE IS THE PFIZER VACCINE?

Scientists have carried out extensive clinical trials on the Pfizer vaccine and established that it is safe to use.

And the UK regulator rubber-stamped it with a seal of approval, saying it was safe to administer, after evaluating data from 44,000 volunteers in the trials.

But they issued an advisory notice saying that those with a history of allergies should not get the vaccine.

Concerns have been raised over the speed with which the vaccine was approved – in a matter of months – but scientists have said no corners were cut and this was possible due to the enormous number of volunteers that signed up for the clinical trials. 

Pfizer and BioNTech both said they found no serious safety concerns during their four-month long trials.

A spokesman for Pfizer said their jab was ‘generally well tolerated with no serious safety concerns reported’.

‘The trial has enrolled over 44,000 participants to date, over 42,000 of whom have received a second vaccination.’

Professor Ian Jones, a virologist at the University of Reading, said that the vaccine was ‘extremely safe’ and that he would be cautious about attributing the allergic reactions to the jab.

‘I think it’s probably safer in my view than many other vaccines currently available,’ he told MailOnline. ‘It really is very clean technology.’

‘I would be cautious about attributing the allergic reactions to the vaccine at this moment, especially as it hasn’t cropped up in clinical trials,’ he said.

‘The big allergic reaction to vaccines normally is an egg allergy, because historically influenza vaccines and several others have been grown in hens eggs and you inevitably get a bit of egg protein coming through with the final product.

‘But there’s nothing like that in the mRNA vaccine. The only addition is the lipid coating that they put on the mRNA before it goes into cells – but there’s no history of allergic reactions to that.’

He added that the MHRA had been ‘cautious’ in saying that those with a history of allergies should not get the vaccine. 

Professor Heidi Larson, director of the Vaccine Confidence Project, told Sky News the vaccine was approved so quickly due to a ramping up of its clinical trials. 

‘The safety regulatory process is still there but the time frame between things, they’ve tried to shorten, just in terms of it’s not sitting in a pile of things to be approved,’ she said.

‘I never realised I’d be invited this early on. I never realised my old and very new health conditions put me earlier. I never realised I was walking around with a higher risk of more complications if I got it. Until now! Get your jab! Stay safe!

‘What an incredible easy and well organised site Covid vaccine site.. thank you for having me. See you in 12 weeks!’   

Michelle didn’t mention the medical conditions she was referring to, but she has previously been candid about having a double mastectomy and hysterectomy. 

In 2012, the-mother-of-two discovered she was carrying the BRCA2 gene, which meant that without surgery she had an 80 to 85 per cent risk of developing breast cancer and a 30 to 40 per cent risk of developing ovarian cancer.

Following the surgery, The Big Reunion star also went through the early menopause aged 35.

In 2013, Michelle told how she had to have surgery work out if she needed a pacemaker, after diet pills she was once addicted to left her with a terrifying cardiac condition.

For six years, the songstress said she was addicted to slimming pills, popping tablets every day to suppress her appetite and maintain her weight.

The Celebrity Big Brother star – who has been married to Virgin Active’s former head of fitness for nearly 11 years – only stopped when the situation got so dire she was forced into hospital after suffering heart problems for seven years. 

Last March, Michelle and her family were forced to self-isolate as their neighbour had tested positive for the virus. 

Details: The CBB star - who has been married to Virgin Active's former head of fitness for nearly 11 years (pictured last year) - has underlying issues which she hasn't disclosed

Details: The CBB star – who has been married to Virgin Active’s former head of fitness for nearly 11 years (pictured last year) – has underlying issues which she hasn’t disclosed

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