A TIKTOK doctor has encouraged young people to get their jabs so that we can “get back to normality”.
Dubbed as the ‘hot TikTok doc’, Dr Emeka Okorocha has been using his platform to help educate people on the coronavirus vaccines.
The NHS has urged everyone over the age of 18 to come forward and get their jabs at sites across the country.
The Sun has also been helping to get the nation vaccinated with the Jabs Army campaign which has been praised by both health care experts and ministers.
Often going topless for his content, Dr Emeka has managed to reach hundreds of thousands of followers who may not have had their potentially life saving jabs without seeing his videos.
In one video he answers the question “so why should young people get the vaccine”.
He highlights long Covid, brain fog and herd immunity as reasons that everyone should book their jab appointments.
Speaking at a previous panel he also explained that just because the virus affects older people more severely – it doesn’t mean that it can’t affect you too.
Other videos also show him describing how the vaccine booking system works and he also documents his experience with the jab.
He also branded the jab as a “get out of the pandemic tool”.
He asked his followers who was sick of the pandemic and offered them a way out of having to sit through numerous lockdowns each year.
“What if I told you there was a way out? Yes a get out of pandemic free card? Well you’re in luck.
“It’s called a vaccine and they could be a way out of lockdown for good.
“But before you stick a needle in your arm, here are the facts. Before we can give it to the public it’s tested on thousands of people – I’m talking the biggest clinic trial in history and the way it works is that it teaches your immune system to defend itself against the virus.
“Your immune system either learns the easy way the vaccine, or the hard way, catching the virus – I know which one I would take.
What is long Covid?
Millions of people worldwide have recovered from the initial coronavirus infection, but are still sick.
Dr Emeka highlighted that young people should get their jabs in order to eliminate the risk of long Covid.
The condition has been dubbed as “long-Covid”, most commonly causing chronic fatigue and physical pain.
Both US and UK research has suggested that one in seven people who have had Covid get persistent symptoms.
A team led by the University of Washington claimed it was as one in three Covid patients that are still suffering from symptoms up to nine months after initially catching the virus.
The chances of having long-term symptoms does not seem to be linked to how ill you are when you first had the coronavirus.
You can still be plagued with long Covid if you were fit, healthy and young when you were infected.
But there does seem to be some risk factors – including being a woman, aged 35 to 69, having obesity or an underlying health condition, living in a poor area or working in healthcare.
The symptoms are:
- High temperature
- Hair loss
- Chest pain
- Covid toes
- Cognitive problems
- Breathing issues
- A heart rate of more than 100 beats a minute (Tachycardia)
- Muscle or body aches
- Issues with your heart rate or its rhythm (Arrhythmia)
“Getting the vaccine is a safer way to produce antibodies for defence it’s no wonder that vaccine prevent two to three million deaths worldwide each year.
“Guys now you know the safety and the science, so go get yours so we can go back to normal life please.”
The 28-year-old doctor from East London said he saw a lot of vaccine misinformation on the social media platform and realised he had a way to reach large groups of youngsters.
“I’ve found that younger people who may rarely ever see their GPs, and are not taking medication regularly already, are often more likely to fall into vaccine and virus falsehoods.
“I realised how important it was for medical staff to platform themselves to reach these groups quickly to combat this.
“People will sometimes even find me on Instagram and say, thanks for that TikTok video, you actually persuaded me and I went and had my first jab”, Dr Emeka told the i.
However, he previously told GB News that pushing the vaccine can be controversial.
He explained: “It’s a difficult one, we know how safe the vaccines are, I’ve had my two vaccines and I have obviously been promoting the vaccine a lot.
“Whether or not to make it mandatory, I believe in the right to choose what you want to do with your body. We could have a situation where people have to chose whether or not they have the vaccine or continue to work in the NHS.”
Millions of Brits have now had their Covid vaccines and while no vaccine is 100 per cent effective, Covid vaccines have been proven to lower the risk of severe illness and hospitalisation.
Earlier this month NHS data showed that just one in three young adults aged 18-29 still hadn’t had the first dose of their jab.
While cases have fallen in the last few days, there are still groups of people who have not yet been vaccinated.
There were just 23,511 cases reported yesterday — half the nearly 47,000 reported a week ago — despite Tuesdays often seeing spikes in numbers because of the weekend lag in reporting.
Deaths jumped to 131, the highest daily total since March, but the figure is nowhere near the levels seen in previous waves as vaccines continue to blunt Covid’s power.
The government adviser and virus expert at Imperial College London said he was positive the worst of the pandemic would be over within months.
He said: “The effect of vaccines has been huge in reducing the risk of hospitalisation and death and I’m positive that, by late September-October time, we will be looking back at most of the pandemic.
“We’ll still have Covid with us, we’ll still have people dying from Covid, but we’ll put the bulk of the pandemic behind us.”