Immunocompromised young man urges Aussies to get the jab

A young man battling serious health conditions has shared his experience getting the vaccine in a bid to encourage other young Australians to get the jab.

Harrison Kefford, 27, suffers from Crohn’s disease, osteoporosis, liver disease and a string of other conditions that severely impact his immune system.

But the man, who was forced to quit his job as an artist manager as a result of his illnesses, was eager to do his bit and get vaccinated against .

He took to to share the innocuous side effects he experienced after getting the jab and urged other young Australians to take the pandemic head on and inform themselves about the vaccines. 

‘Our demographic has waited to so long to get the jab as we’ve often been perceived as the ‘healthy’ ones,’ he told Daily Mail Australia. 

Harrison Kefford (pictured) has posted a TikTok explaining his experience getting the Covid vaccine while being immunocompromised

Harrison Kefford (pictured) has posted a TikTok explaining his experience getting the Covid vaccine while being immunocompromised

Mr Kefford said the overload of information about vaccines and Covid on news sites, television and social media could be overwhelming for young people.

He said it was important for people his age to see the experiences of other people in their demographic before making their own decisions.

‘Social media is an incredibly important tool in helping young people understand what it is like to go through the experience of receiving the jab,’ he said.

The 27-year-old said he made the TikTok to show people who were feeling scared about getting the jab that it was okay to feel that way, urging them to speak to their GP about their concerns rather than writing off the vaccines.   

‘They (doctors) are the best point of contact for information around getting vaccinated rather than listening to someone on social media shedding fear and dangerous information,’ he remarked. 

‘The landscape and their situation is already hard enough without having someone who isn’t educated on the matter telling them things that are so wrong. Everyone’s bodies are different but from someone who has a number of chronic illnesses… I did it and I am feeling fine thus far.’

In his TikTok, Harrison revealed the side effects he experienced after the jab were sore shoulders, minor loss of appetite, sore abdomen, tiredness/lethargy and a headache. 

He said the minor symptoms only lasted three days. 

Harrison uses his social media to bring awareness to the multiple chronic illnesses he suffers from to connect with other young people

He stated that he wanted to help those who were worried or scared about the jab be more informed about the reality of the vaccine

Harrison uses his social media to bring awareness to the multiple chronic illnesses he suffers from to connect with other young people

Harrison posted the video while in hospital getting treatment in an oncology ward for his Crohn’s disease and CIDP, which is a rare autoimmune disease in which the body attacks the myelin sheaths. 

These are the fatty coverings on the fibres that insulate and protect the nerves around the body.   

He went on to urge young Australians to book in their vaccines if they haven’t already done so. 

Harrison uses his social media accounts to bring awareness to chronic illnesses in the hope that other young people will be able to connect to his experiences and story. 

‘My content is centred around my experiences navigating and dealing with my multiple chronic illnesses. It can be a daunting and challenging thing to deal with when you’re young, so I think it’s important to find other people your age to connect with.’

‘As much as it’s a challenging thing to live with, I also think humour and being able to laugh about your experiences is important too, so I try to make it as accessible as possible,’ he said. 

He said that he wants to help those who are directly impacted by these conditions as well as inform those who are not affected in understanding what it’s like to live with a chronic illness. 

‘My whole thing is about hopefully helping to normalize the space not just for those affected but those who aren’t too!’

Viewers have praised the young man for sharing his experience and his honesty around his illnesses. 

Many others with illnesses also shared their experiences receiving the vaccine. 

He stated that he wants to show people who are feeling anxious that it's ok to feel that way but to get them to voice their concerns to a GP or specialist to better inform themselves about the vaccine

He stated that he wants to show people who are feeling anxious that it’s ok to feel that way but to get them to voice their concerns to a GP or specialist to better inform themselves about the vaccine 

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‘Thanks for being honest about your side effects and 슬롯사이트추천 letting people know not to be scared,’ one wrote. 

‘I have managed epilepsy, and stage 4 endometriosis and had my vaccine. Had two days of feeling like i was getting the flu then I was 100% better,’ wrote another. 

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