Dundee businessman says parents’ deaths from Covid an hour apart have changed their mind about vaccines
A Dundee businessman who lost both parents to Covid-19 within an hour said their deaths had changed their mind about whether to get vaccinated against the disease.
Graeme Carling lost mum Margaret and dad Graeme to coronavirus on January 19.
He discovered the tragic news of his father moments after telling his father’s brother the loss of his mother.
He has since revealed that his previous indecision about getting stung has been replaced – and his entire family has now been double and triple vaccinated.
He told the BBC’s Good Morning Scotland show on Tuesday: “I think everyone was hoping we would have been in a much better place than we have been.
“We’re not, there’s a new variant, the restrictions are obviously there for a reason.
âIf I think back to the circumstances surrounding my parents, I said at the time that I didn’t know anyone until my mom and dad got seriously ill and had real issues with Covid.
“I was not an opponent, but none of my relatives had ever been affected, not even someone I knew.
âSo when that happened, and it happened under the circumstances that it happened, it really brings out the seriousness of what it can do.
“Because never in a million years have I believed that something like this could happen.
“But it is. And it is a serious illness.”
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Margaret, 65, was diagnosed with Covid-19 just after Christmas in 2020 and was admitted to Ninewells Hospital before being transferred to the Roxburghe House Hospice Unit.
Meanwhile, her husband, 66, was admitted to Ninewells Hospital, complaining of a headache.
The family believe Margaret caught Covid-19 during her first stay in Ninewells, then passed it on to her husband.
Graeme added: “I had two ideas, before my parents, about whether I was going to get the vaccine or not.
“You only deal with what you know or what you read or what you hear.
“My family has now been vaccinated and vaccinated and all that – because I saw with my own eyes the seriousness of [Covid].
“But I also understand the others [are] anti-vaccine or maybe had a jag and aren’t too worried about choosing another one.
“I can only tell people what happened to me. It’s real.”
Graeme is known to have rescued ailing construction firm McGill from administration in 2019, through his investment firm United Capital Investments.
He told radio host Gary Robertson that the first Christmas without his parents, at the age of 47, was difficult.
âIt’s the first Christmas without my parents and my kids without their grandparents,â he said.
“It wasn’t the best of times, but we’ve got to get out of it and face it and make the most of it, really.”
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