A 14-year-old man from Mauritius became Quebec’s first teenager to take a single dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Friday.
It is because of his great anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) that Steven Bilodo received his doctor to get the vaccination quickly.
The teenager was in constant fear of catching the virus, wore three masks at the same time in school and no longer went to the hospital for her various follow-ups.
“As soon as I woke up in the morning, I emptied the entire soap bottles. I could not stop. I bought Purell, I set up disinfection stations in such a place (…), I could spend 20 to 25% of my day, ”he explained in an interview with TVA Nouvelles.
“Everyone at my age was not a normal life, being able to go to school easily with a simple mask. Everything was at its peak with me: three masks, difficulty going to school, disinfecting everything, washing myself every time I came back from school… There were a lot of things that made my daily life difficult. “
Armed with a note from his family doctor and his health insurance card, Steven Bilodo was denied the first vaccination center before taking his first dose of Pfizer / Bioentech Serum.
“Life has done things well, I have been vaccinated. My mother helped me a lot, ”he said.
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Steven Bilodo says he has seen very little anxiety since Friday, for getting better sleep and wearing only two masks at school (more).
“Since the vaccine, I told myself that I am going to follow normal measures and that I will be enough to protect myself and others. It has really changed above all, ”he said.
“I am going to take my second dose before going to school. I expect the measurements to go down. But even if this is not the case, I would have, quite simply, a better heat because I would run down the measures imposed on myself. If I control the measures I am positive to take (…), then eventually, I see the lights at the end of the tunnel. “
He is now hoping that more young people with mental health issues will receive the COVID-19 vaccine in the coming weeks.
“I know there is a vaccination campaign in Quebec, I know how it works. But I think it would be possible to give a little thought to these young people like me, who live with such difficulties. You. Actually they should not be forgotten. “
The public health of Mauritius-Center-du-Québec confirmed that young Steven had been vaccinated, but this was a different matter.
About 45% of the population of Mauritius-Center-du-Québec has been vaccinated to date.