“Your government has taken away every mitigation that kept my husband safe. Young adolescents not being vaccinated impacts the entire population, including people like my husband.”

First published in September 2021.

Here is a moving open letter written by Amy Wolfs to the prime minister and recently posted on Parents United’s Facebook page:

“Dear Prime Minister,

My name is Amy.

I am a carer for my husband David, and Mum to two young children, E and M.

David is Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CVE), as he has Multiple Sclerosis accompanied by swallowing difficulties. Sickness bugs can land him in hospital, and chest infections can be emergencies which frequently demand immediate treatment.

David and Amy. | Parent United UK

I am writing to you about the JCVI decision to not offer the vaccine to all 12 to 15-year-olds. Your government seem convinced that this decision affects children of that age group, and no one else. I am writing to tell you that they are wrong.

Young adolescents not being vaccinated impacts the entire population, including people like my husband. The rates of Covid among this age group means they continually risk transmitting to others, and pose an unacceptable threat to my family’s safety.

But young people are part of society, and contact with them is unavoidable: the 13-year-old in the shop, who happens to cough just as David walks past; the 15-year-old at the doctor’s surgery, who is asymptomatic and unaware they are positive; the 12-year-old who plays in the same park as my daughter, and my daughter then bringing it home... to David.

My children are too young to be vaccinated; we are reliant on herd immunity to protect my husband. By restricting vaccine age groups – in contrast to much of the worldyour government is playing roulette with my husband’s life.

Based on your actions, I would guess you have never been in the situation where Carrie has had to tell Wilfred that Daddy isn’t coming home. I doubt that Carrie has had to stay up all night, worried sick that an urgent trip to the supermarket could kill you, or that your son could have been left without a father. I have been in that situation, and I have carried it with me every minute, of every hour, of every day of the last 18 months.

I do not write so as to gain anything but to hold on to that which I cannot afford to lose: to keep my husband alive, and my family safe. I cannot accept being widowed at 32 years old.

I don’t want my husband to die.

I don’t want to tell my children that their Daddy is dead.

My children need their father. | Parent United UK

I have been forced to run this gauntlet for the last year and a half, feeling that any day could be David’s last. Your government has taken away every mitigation that kept him safe, and I implore you not to take this one as well.

I need my husband, and my children need their father.

I have done everything within my power to keep him safe; please, do everything in your power too.” 


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[This piece was published in PMP Magazine on 12 Sept 2021 after having been adapted from the Parents United Facebook page. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]

(Cover: Parents United UK. | David and his daughter. / Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.)

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