'Please help': UK boy begs US President for vaccine in heartbreaking letter
An 11-year-old boy from the UK has penned a heartfelt letter to US President Joe Biden, asking him for a vaccine.
The letter written by the anonymous boy was shared to Twitter by Lisa Diaz, who has been campaigning for the safe reopening of schools in the UK.
In the letter addressed to Biden and the first lady, Jill Biden, the boy says he is just "11 years and seven months old" and explains his desperation behind wanting a vaccine.
"Last year my mum and sister were very sick with cancer in the pandemic," the boy wrote.
"I understand a lot about Covid because I want to keep my family safe.
"Here in the UK, Boris Johnson is telling us to go to school without masks and bubbles and any social distancing, we are even allowed to go to school if someone in our house has Covid."
In England and Wales, face masks in schools are no longer compulsory, though they are recommended in crowded spaces, the BBC reported.
Boy '6 months too young' for vaccine
The boy says the government is telling his peers at school to get vaccinated. However, this young boy can't yet get his jabs because he was "born at the wrong time".
In the UK, children aged 12 to 15-years-old will be offered one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, unless they are considered vulnerable or live with someone who has a suppressed immune system.
All 16 and 17-year-olds will be invited for a second dose at a later date.
While most of the boy's peers have had their first dose, he wrote that he is unfortunately "6 months too young".
"I thought my mum and sister might die last year, I want to have the vaccination," the boy said.
"I don't want to be ill, I don't want my family to be ill, I don't want to give it to my granny, I don't want to give it to the people where I live.
"I would remember hurting someone for the rest of my life and I don't want my mum to be ill again, I missed her when she had to go to hospital."
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Children as young as 5 eligible for vaccine in US
The boy pleads for the US president's help, saying he saw on the news children in the US are able to get the vaccine.
On Tuesday, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) voted unanimously, with one abstention, that the vaccine's benefits in preventing Covid in the five to 11-year-old age group outweigh any potential risks.
The boy from the UK, will have to wait until the summer to get vaccinated against Covid-19 and says he "knows he will" catch the virus by then.
"I just want to be the same as my friends and be able to go to school without worrying. I am only six months too young."
The boy said he doesn't think his family has enough money to fly to the US, but he said he would be willing to go to the US Embassy in London, if they are following the same vaccination rules as the US.
"I don't know what else to say, but please help me," the boy said.
"I want to do the right thing but the people who run our country won't let me.
"Please help me get the Covid injection so I can feel safe when I go to school and don't have to worry about making the people I love sick, even if they didn't die I would always think it was my fault that they caught Covid and I don't want to feel like that."
The UK has recorded above 40,000 new Covid cases every day of late.
While vaccination and better medical treatment have sharply reduced deaths compared with previous waves of the virus, hospitals are already stretched and the UK's current death rate is far higher than many of its European neighbours.
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