Bourne Academy pupil to be fully vaccinated on Easter Sunday
A 16-year-old is set to receive her second dose of the Covid-19 jab, which her family believe could make her the youngest person to be fully vaccinated.
Ellie Goldsmith is currently studying for her GCSEs at Bourne Academy.
However, her weekend job at Yew Tree Residential Care Home in Dowsby meant she was one of the first eligible for the much-awaited Covid-19 vaccine.
Despite none of her friends having had it yet, Ellie jumped at the chance to get jabbed in order to keep others safe.
Her mum, Emma, said: “We are living with my mum, her grandma, who has COPD and other health problems, and is in the clinically vulnerable and shielding category.
“We are keeping my mum safe from catching the virus and she has been isolating in the conservatory from all of us.
“It’s put a strain on her mental health and having the vaccine is important for people like her so they can stop shielding.”
She added: “Ellie was really positive about getting it as she felt like she was doing her bit.
“She wasn’t worried and didn’t listen to the conspiracy theories.
“It’s more for protecting others - obviously her grandma is very important to her.
“She was really fearful going to school about bringing back the virus.”
When getting her first jab in Grantham, vaccinators reportedly told Ellie she was the youngest person who had been there which has led her family to believe she could be the youngest in Lincolnshire or even the country.
Her second dose of the vaccine will be administered on Easter Sunday, April 4.
Throughout the pandemic, Ellie has continued to work at Yew Tree Residential Care Home in Dowsby every Saturday making residents drinks, tidying their rooms, doing activities with them and playing games.
Following her experience there, she hopes to pursue a career in the health care sector, such as being a psychiatrist or art therapist.