Gavin Roberts, 12, said losing his father to Covid was ‘very hard to go through’ (Picture: NBC News)
A family has revealed the heartbreaking reason why a 12-year-old boy kept asking for a Covid jab for his birthday.
Gavin Roberts was left devastated when his dad died with coronavirus in May 2020 following a three-week struggle in hospital.
‘Kind and caring’ New Jersey police officer Charles Roberts, 45, died before scientists found a vaccine.
Schoolboy Gavin had to wait for nine months to get his shot as children under 12 are not eligible in the US. He was finally granted his birthday wish on Sunday.
His mum Alice Roberts told NBC News: ‘I kept asking him what he wanted for his birthday. He was always saying it’s the vaccine, we’re going to get that.’
Charles took the pandemic ‘very seriously’, working hard to protect himself and his loved ones – but collapsed on April 21st after becoming infected.
Recalling his dad’s painful battle with Covid-19, Gavin said the family ‘let him go’ on May 11. Losing him was ‘very hard to go through’, he said.
Three vaccines were being developed at the time of Charles’ death but none would be in use until January 2021.
The family-of-five in happier times (Picture: NBC News)
Gavin said his dad Charles Roberts, 45, was ‘kind and caring’ (Picture: NBC News)
The schoolboy had to wait for nine months to get his vaccine after they became available (Picture: NBC News)
Mum Alice Roberts said he kept on asking for the jab for his birthday (Picture: NBC News)
Gavin wants everyone to know how important it is to get vaccinated (Picture: NBC News)
Elementary school teacher Alice and Gavin’s older sisters got jabbed as soon as it was available.
The family wants to use their story to encourage others to get immunised as it’s ‘the only way out of this pandemic’.
Gavin says he hopes people see Covid is ‘preventable with the vaccine’.
Alice added: ‘Throughout this whole experience, we’ve felt that if we can turn a really sad, horrible moment in our lives into something that can help people we want to do that.’
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