103-year-old Mid Canterbury woman having second thoughts about vaccine

Ashburton elderly resident Doris Wakelin is uncertain around whether she needs a Covid-19 jab....
Ashburton elderly resident Doris Wakelin is uncertain around whether she needs a Covid-19 jab. Photo: Adam Burns
An Ashburton woman who turns 104 next month believes a Covid jab is unnecessary, despite falling within a heightened risk vaccine group.

Doris Wakelin believes she is heading to "the end of the road" and that getting the vaccine is not worth the effort.

"I know of two or three elderly people who have already had it and they were very sick afterwards," she said.

"I've been tossing up whether it's going to be worth the effort.

"After all I'm going to be 104 so do I really need it?"

Because of her age, Wakelin falls into Group 3 of the vaccine rollout categories and says she has not been offered any advice on the matter.

"No one has mentioned it, I thought my doctor may have mentioned it."

Bookings are now open for this group although some vulnerable residents may have to wait until the end of next month at least because of a nationwide shortage.

However, until last week's domestic developments where it was revealed a Sydney man travelled to Wellington while infected with the Delta variant of the virus, Wakelin was indifferent about the vaccine.

"The only thing that is worrying me is the more viral one they found up in Wellington," she said.

"It's made me more aware that it is getting closer to home.

"So I've got a lot of thinking to do if I'm going to or if I'm not going to."

Although not as agile as she once was, she gets out and about in the community a handful of a times a month.

Covid risk was less of a concern compared to fluctuating temperatures and other health issues, she said.

"I can't afford to catch pneumonia," she said.

"If I catch that, it's curtains...because your immune system is going down."

-Adam Burns
Local Democracy Reporter











Sponsored Content







Local trusted journalism matters - now more than ever

As the Covid-19 pandemic brings the world into uncharted waters, Star Media journalists and photographers continue to report local stories that matter everyday - yours.

For more than 152 years our journalists have provided Cantabrians with local news that can be trusted. It’s more important now than ever to keep Cantabrians connected.

As our advertising has fallen during the pandemic, support from you our reader is crucial.

You can help us continue to provide local news you can trust simply by becoming a supporter.

Become a Supporter