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constant worry Campaigner Vicky Phelan says she is 'delighted and relieved' after receiving Covid jab

'The constant worry of catching Covid was weighing heavily on me,' Vicky writes


Vicky Phelan

Vicky Phelan

Vicky Phelan

Cervical cancer campaigner Vicky Phelan has said that she is “delighted” and “relieved” to have gotten her Covid vaccine.

The Kilkenny native is currently in Maryland in the US for a clinical trial of a new cancer treatment and revealed that she was vaccinated in Oldtown Alexandria in Virginia.

She received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine so she doesn’t have to go back for a second dose.

She announced the news on her Facebook page, Vicky’s Tribe, last night writing: “Soooo, I got vaccinated today here in Oldtown Alexandria in Virginia.

"I got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine so I don't have to go back for a second dose.

“I am both delighted and relieved to now be vaccinated as the constant worry of catching Covid was weighing heavily on me because if I were to catch Covid, I would have to come off my clinical trial and that was simply something that I did NOT want to happen.

"So far, so good! I have been very tired today but that could also be because of treatment yesterday. I will post an update video tomorrow when I have more energy and after a good night's sleep!

“Thank you to all of you who follow Vicky's Tribe for your continued support,” Vicky added.

The courageous mother-of-two was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2014 but was given the all-clear after prolonged treatment.

However, three years ago she was informed that her smear test had been reported as a false negative and within weeks, a CT scan revealed that her cancer had returned and was terminal.

She made the move to the US in January for her treatment which is expected to last six months.

The trial is being directed by Dr Julius Strauss at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and has already shown some positive results.

Vicky documented her journey in her award-winning 2019 memoir ‘Overcoming.’

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