Nadia Sawalha has revealed she felt “total exhaustion” after getting her Covid-19 vaccination.
The 56 year old, who recently opened up on her horrific sexual assault experience and said she wishes she’d “felt able to report it”, spoke out about her experience during an exclusive chat with OK! Online.
The Loose Women presenter explained she received her jab on Monday 15 March alongside one of her “very close friends”, who happened to book hers on the same day and at the same facility.
“Two other friends of mine had it on Monday as well,” she said. “One felt nothing, just a bit of an achy arm. I’ve had no ache in the arm whatsoever.”
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The TV personality then explained how she’s been feeling since the appointment as she told OK!: “It’s just total exhaustion.
“I really recommend that people take a day off the day after if they can. I still don’t feel great but I could go to work today.”
Despite the slightly weary feeling, Nadia, who recently said she felt “ashamed” after being sexually assaulted at the age of just 10, confessed she feels “really grateful”.
“I felt really emotional,” she said. “It was a lovely woman who gave me the vaccination, she’d been doing this day in and day out since February the 4th as a volunteer.
“After she gave me the vaccine, she said ‘Congratulations!’ and I thought ‘Yeah, congratulations!’ I mean think of all the country that won’t see this vaccine, maybe for years. We have got to remember how lucky we are.”
Nadia also spoke to OK! about the importance of railway safety after a surge of 40 per cent in latest youth trespass figures.
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The star spoke about a powerful film, titled Parallel Lines by Network Rail, which a sees a teenager being peer pressured into crossing the railway just as a train comes through. It shows the mental health affects it can have on both the teen, their friends as well as the driver of the train.
“I was sent the film Parallel Lines,” she said. “I think I was rather naive really. I remember in the 70s and 80s, when I was growing up. We were always told about the railway.
“I was really shocked to see that film, I thought it was really powerful. Not only because of the unbelievable danger for kids trying to cross, but for the driver as well.
“After the film I sat down with my kids and they said, ‘Are you mad? Do you think we would be so stupid?’ and I said, ‘Well of course not, but it’s very easy to be caught up in peer pressure’.”
She added: “So I do think it’s a really important conversation to have.”
Information on the dangers of railway trespass can be found on the You vs Train website