Mum drives 13 hours from UK to Italy through the snow to get daughter, 9, Covid jab


Alice Columbo, who lives in Maidstone, Kent, said the road trip took 13 hours and spanned 800 miles but that she drove this large distance to minimise the risk of mixing with others in planes and airports

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A mum drove her daughter to Italy so she could get the Covid jab to protect “the most precious thing in the world”.

The coronavirus vaccine is currently only available to under-12s in the UK if they are classed as clinically vulnerable so Alice Chapman-Hatchett, 44, drove almost 800 miles to get her daughter the jab.

The public health professional, who lives in Maidstone, Kent, said the road trip took 13 hours and she drove to minimise the risk of mixing with others in planes and airports.

She told the Mirror: “We’d never normally drive for 13 hours through the snow.

“But I don’t want to be in the position where my daughter has neurological problems, or heart and lung issues, at the age of 20, and says, ‘Why didn’t you do everything you could to protect me?’”

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The UK Government said further advice regarding vaccination for five to 11-year-olds would be issued in due course once they have looked at new data.

But they added that the majority of children in that age group were at very low risk of becoming seriously ill due to the coronavirus.

Ms Chapman-Hatchett, whose daughter has Italian citizenship, said she was particularly concerned about the effects of long Covid and would like to see the UK roll-out vaccinations for under-12.

She added: “I feel incredibly, incredibly sorry for all those other parents who share my opinion and would like to get their children vaccinated.”

The mum is not the only parent who is willing to take their child abroad to get the jab.

Chris Salt, 41, and wife Glad, 43, from Essex, are hoping to take kids Chloe, seven, and Luke, five, to France after researching jabs there.

Mr Salt said: “It’s something we’re absolutely considering.”

Chris Salt, 41, and wife Glad, 43, from Essex, are hoping to take kids Chloe, seven, and Luke, five, to France after researching jabs there

Another mum told said she’d spent £2,500 on two trips to California to get her severely asthmatic seven-year-old son double jabbed.

She said: “It was money well spent – I’ve since been told he wouldn’t qualify for a vaccination in the UK under the new rules as he hasn’t been in hospital in the last two years.”

The Government approved one dose of the Pfizer jab for 5 to 11-year-olds on December 23, but at present, it will only be offered to 300,000 clinically vulnerable children.

It appears from NHS figures that none have yet been immunised.

The drive to vaccinate the three million 12 to 15-year-olds has also been slow.

Only 1.3 million have received the first jab and 70,000 a second, at the time of writing.

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