‘Get the jab’ says first Pole to receive killer virus vaccine

Aleksandra Ostańska from Poznań but currently working in Sussex at a residential care facility has now urged others to get vaccinated. Aleksandra Ostańska/Facebook/PAP

A Polish healthcare worker in the UK has become the first Polish person to be given the vaccine against COVID-19.

Aleksandra Ostańska, 38, from Poznań and now working at a residential care facility in the county of West Sussex, contracted the killer virus in April.

Aleksandra contracted the killer virus in April.Aleksandra Ostańska

She said: “I had a bad COVID experience. I was out of my life for almost six weeks.

“When I was sick in Great Britain, 800 to 900 people were dying each day. I was scared to go into hospital in case I wouldn’t come out.”

But as a frontline worker, Aleksandra became front-in-the-queue to get the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, along with the over 80s.

The 38-year-old who has a Master of Science updated her Facebook profile to say: “I’m alive, I swear”, after being given the vaccine.Aleksandra Ostańska/Facebook

After the jab, she and her colleagues at the St. George’s Park Home in Burgess Hill were observed for 15 mins before being released.

Now, Aleksandra who said she had a slight soreness in her arm and a headache the day after the jab but nothing more, is urging others to take the jab. 

She said: “Listen to doctors, rely on science. This vaccine has passed all phases of clinical trials. It was given to 44,000 volunteers. 

On Tuesday, the Polish health minister told a press conference that after January 15 it will be possible to arrange specific vaccination dates.COLLEEN SHALBY/POOL/PAP/EPA

“If someone cares about their health, they should get vaccinated. This is what this vaccine is for, to protect yourself.”

On Tuesday, the Polish health minister told a press conference that after January 15 it will be possible to arrange specific vaccination dates.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has now reached 1,147,446.