A call center employee who died of Covid despite not having an underlying health issue made a series of sad Facebook posts weeks before his death.
Father confirmed his diagnosis on social media and warned his friends: ‘Covid sux guys, please take care of yourself. Do your best to distance yourself, I can tell you it’s working.’
Mr Blight died on Monday, two days before he was booked to make his appointment. Pfizer vaccine, but Facebook posts that led to his death show he had reservations about getting vaccinated.
“I booked my Pfizer vaccine for September… now fully vaccinated people are dying in the US,” he wrote last month.
Martin Blight (pictured), a 46-year-old call center worker from Melbourne, contracted the virus last week after his office became a Level 1 exposure area. died in hospital on Monday
Father confirmed his diagnosis on social media and warned his friends: ‘Covid sux guys please take care of yourself’
‘You can also catch and transfer it with the new Delta variant. It is said that you can also get blood clots and other side effects.
‘Is it worth getting it now and secondly is the government happy with the current vaccine or are they trying to develop it?’
Friends assured Mr Blight that the vaccine was safe and that the risks of the vaccine significantly outweighed the reality of the virus.
People get the flu shot, but they still get the flu. Vaccines don’t prevent you from getting the virus, they help the body recognize the virus and fight it,’ replied one person.
Another friend of mine said, “I’ve had mine since March, you can get the virus even with it, but you have a better chance of not being that bad.”
A man told Mr. Blight, ‘Do what you think is right for you, my friend,’ and Mr. Blight replied: ‘That’s the problem, I’m not sure what to do.’
Finally, he commented on his post, thanking his friends for their support and said, “It’s good to know you all care.”
Victoria’s health department has not officially confirmed the death of 46-year-old Martin Blight, which was announced online by the Australian Services Association.
A man said to Mr Blight, ‘Do what you think is right for you, my friend,’ and Mr Blight replied, ‘That’s the problem, I’m not sure what to do’.
The Australian Services Association confirmed Mr Blight’s death, describing him as ‘an devoted member, father and friend to many’.
“Marty fell ill with coronavirus after his workplace was identified as a Tier 1 location and was later identified as a close contact,” the union said.
The union is speaking directly to Marty’s family, and both ASU and Marty’s family want to use this opportunity to encourage everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible; 19.’
Victoria recorded 423 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the total number of active cases in the state to 4,038.
Journalists asked Prime Minister Dan Andrews at his daily Covid press conference on Wednesday whether the state had “failed” him as he had waited five weeks for Mr Blight’s death and vaccination.
’46 years old’ was not someone with a long list of comorbidities and all sorts of complex conditions. “Otherwise, he was a healthy person,” he replied.
Mr Blight made a series of Facebook posts about his condition leading up to his death Monday, warning his friends to ‘take care of yourself’.
Andrews then fired at opposition leader Matthew Guy, who this morning embarrassingly issued a statement calling for an immediate end to the curfew, but only for stepping back and saying he meant curfew.
The Prime Minister said of Mr Blight, “If we open tonight with less than 50 percent of people double-vaccinated, as some have encouraged us, then there will be hundreds and hundreds of stories just like his.”
Hundreds of tragedies like his. Otherwise, healthy people who have not yet been vaccinated can make an appointment, they have not been vaccinated yet.
‘They don’t even finish a dose, let alone two doses. I don’t think the chief paramedic will advise me to do this. But even if he did, I wouldn’t.’
In a statement hours after the blunder, Mr. Guy said he had called for an end to the curfew between 9pm and 5pm instead of ending the curfew completely.
“Sorry if this is wrong, there should definitely be a curfew,” Guy said.
’46 years old’ was not someone with a long list of comorbidities and all sorts of complex conditions. He was an otherwise healthy person,” said Dan Andrews of Mr Blight.
Mr Blight was working for Serco, a multinational outsourcing company that provides a call center for Centrelink and Services Australia, helping millions of unemployed Australians through the pandemic.
Serco suspended all staff free of charge in July last year following an outbreak in the building and has put hundreds of workers in distress after helping Australians through the coronavirus crisis.
“The stoppage means you’re fired under section 524 of the Fair Work Act 2009,” Serco’s contract manager, June Meldrum, wrote in a letter to employees last year.
‘Today you will receive your normal salary for any approved shift. Unpaid layoffs for full-time or part-time staff will start from Thursday, 23 July 2020.’
The company said last year that even though they fired their employees without pay, they were still ‘valuable’ but acknowledged that they might have to look for other jobs.
“I certify that you continue to be a valued employee of Serco as long as you resign,” the outsourcing giant said.
“However, we of course understand that you may need to make other adjustments during this time.”