A 17-year-old girl from Hume shared her brutal experience of "almost dying " with Covid-19 in an effort to encourage the Victorians to get away from it all. get vaccinated as state recorded on deadliest day in current outbreak and exceeded 60% second dose target.
Saela and her seven family members contracted Covid-19 as she was finishing year 11 last month. At the time, she was not eligible for the vaccine.
"There are a lot of people my age who think they 're invincible and don ' t need the vaccine," she said.
" They think they areare young, they don 't have any. t have conditions. They won't be affected but Covid almost killed me.
"My whole family was sick. Everyone was coughing and in pain… my symptoms were worse, with coughing fits that took my breath away. older and more at risk. But during the second week of Saela's symptoms, her situation quickly deteriorated and she was transferred to Box Hill Hospital.
"I sat alone in the ambulance and… I said goodbye to my family. I was so scared and felt lonely "she said. " My health gradually deteriorated and one night ... I was having trouble breathing ... 'was so scared I was screaming and thought I was going to die, then I didn't feel anything. "
Saela s " woke up nine days later, with a tube sticking out of her neck, unable to move. After nearly a monthand 15 days in intensive care, she finally returned home, but said her mind was "still fragile" and needed continued physiotherapy.
Her mother, Michelle, said she was " in shock "when she received a call from Saela's doctor informing her that her daughter was being transferred to intensive care.
"Within 24 to 48 hours, she was critical. It was hour by hour, "she said.
" I wish she had been vaccinated, but it was too late . Last week she was in school and the next week she was in a coma… I was broken.
"We are not actors. It's not a… she wanted to share her story… maybe anonymous people online will try to make her feel bad for talking, but they should know that nothing will make her feel bad.e that Covid.
Starting Wednesday, Victorians will be able to walk and get vaccinated at shops, clubs, gyms and cultural hot spots with the goal of increase vaccination rates in high risk areas in the far north, west and southeast.
This is because Victoria reported 1,571 new cases of Covid-19 acquired locally overnight and one quarantined at the hotel.
There were 13 more deaths reported Wednesday - the day Victoria's deadliest reported this year - a man in his 50s, three in their 60s, four in their 60s, four in their 60s and a woman in her 90s.
The contextual immunization program begins today at a cafe in the far north of Melbourne and will expand to a" diverse and localized "community including quarter houseser for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.
"These… models are designed to help Victorians gain access to the vaccine, Pfizer in particular , in the most convenient, familiar and manageable places, "said Health Minister Martin Foley.
" And, also , in culturally safe and protective places for Victorians who might need more reassurance about the need to show up and be vaccinated. "
"I think we need to prepare for the, unfortunately, inevitable fact that there will be more deadly cases of Covid," Foley said. “These are tragic human stories. There are families and communities grieving over the losses from Covid. "
The Royal Children 's Hospital neonatal unit forced dozens of premature babies into isolation after intensive careifs the unit has been visited by relatives who are positive for Covid.
Foley said the hospital has "done an outstanding job " and that this was not the first exhibition the Royal Children had faced. So far, no new cases have emerged.
Health chief Brett Sutton said transmission was still largely concentrated in the northern, western and south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, while cases in the regions had remained "reasonably stable".
As of midnight Wednesday, the county de Mitchell will come out of lockdown and come under the same restrictions as the rest of the Victoria area due to a stabilization of Covid-19 transmission and rapid increase in vaccination rates in the LGA.
There were 705 people treated in hospital statewide, of whom 146 were in intensive care and92 requiring ventilation. About 91% were not fully immunized, and among people in intensive care, 98% were not fully immunized.