Queensland teacher’s life and job ruined after suffering a severe reaction to first Pfizer vaccine
An Australian teacher’s life has been ‘essentially ruined’ after she developed a serious side effect from her first Covid shot and was barred from returning to work without receiving her second dose.
Bek Bickerton, from Queensland, suffered side effects after receiving her first Pfizer shot last October. A month later, the 27-year-old teacher was hospitalized for a week with blurred vision, tingling in the arm, low blood pressure, extreme fatigue and dizziness.
Bickerton was diagnosed with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) and was sent home where she spent the next two months in bed. news.com.au reported.
Queensland teacher Bek Bickerton (pictured) had a severe reaction after receiving the first Pfizer vaccine. The 27-year-old chose not to get the second dose and was banned from work because the state imposed a dual vaccine mandate on high-risk workers
The mother-of-two struggled to care for her young children and was unable to return to work as the state’s vaccination mandate, which expires this week, required all ‘at-risk’ workers to have two Covid-infected workers by January 23. should have doses.
Ms Bickerton was one of over 1,200 teachers and staff affected by the mandate.
‘A brain MRI showed multiple lesions and inflammation. I also had trouble regulating blood pressure and heat. I had a wide range of symptoms, but the worst were severe brain fog and fatigue.
Ms Bickerton decided not to take the second dose and has been unable to return to work because a number of doctors refused to write her a waiver despite her suspected reaction.
Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk (pictured) announced that from 1am on 30 June, the state will scrap covid-19 vaccine mandates for employees in schools, prisons and airports and visitors to aged care and disabled care facilities.
The teacher told the news channel that she had spoken to several GPs and two neurologists – all who refused to link her side effects to the vaccine – and encouraged her to get the second dose.
Ms Bickerton felt doctors and friends labeled her an “anti-vaxxer” when she talked about developing symptoms after getting the shot, news.com.au first reported.
The mother of two eventually found a GP who specializes in POTS in the Gold Coast, who agreed that the vaccine was the likely cause of her illness, and prescribed her a three-month exemption.
Ms Bickerton said it is a ‘lose-lose situation’ as schools only hire her for outreach, leaving the single-income family unable to afford a mortgage to refurbish their home.
“My life is essentially ruined because we now have a single income,” she said.
Mandatory vaccination decisions are now made by employers in schools, nurseries, prisons and airports rather than by the state (pictured, a patient receiving a Covid vaccination at a pop-up clinic in a Brisbane Bunnings store)
On June 19, the Therapeutic Goods Administration registered 132,155 adverse reactions to Covid vaccines of more than 59.9 million doses.
Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said on Friday that residents of Queensland no longer need to be double vaccinated to work in schools, childcare facilities, prisons and airports or to visit prisons, aged care and disabled facilities.
The changes will take effect on June 30 at 1:00 AM.
“Restrictions that have protected us have been relaxed in sensible stages, and today I announce, on the advice of the Chief Health Officer, that we are lifting some of the last remaining Covid restrictions,” she told parliament.
Ms Palaszczuk said individual employers would still be allowed to continue to hold mandates in schools, nurseries, prisons and airports.
She said the mandates will remain in effect for healthcare workers, hospitals, aged care and disabled care workers.
Ms Bickerton told news.com.au she fears many schools will choose to maintain double dose requirements despite the state lifting covid vaccination mandates.
A total of 549 teachers and 660 non-teaching staff were suspended due to the state’s vaccine mandate. They will now be allowed to return to their school workplaces once the state mandate is lifted (pictured, empty primary school classroom in Brisbane)
The Queensland Department of Education said 549 teachers and 660 non-teaching staff were suspended due to the state’s vaccine mandate.
“Vaccination requirements will remain in effect until then (June 30),” the Queensland Department of Education said.
“This means that they (unvaccinated teachers and non-teaching staff) can return to their school workplace where they are normally located.”
Nationally, more than 95 percent of Australians over the age of 16 have received two doses of a Covid vaccine.
“Vaccination against Covid-19 is the most effective way to reduce deaths and serious illnesses from infection,” says the Therapeutic Goods Administration website.
“The protective benefits of vaccination still far outweigh the potential risks.”