Gateshead born singer Michelle Heaton urges people to get vaccinated after she caught coronavirus

Michelle Heaton speaking to Lorraine Kelly on 'Lorraine' on Thursday morning. Credit: ITV Lorraine.

Gateshead born singer Michelle Heaton has urged people to get vaccinated against Covid-19 as she revealed she caught the virus after being given the jab.

The singer said she was told by nurses her situation would have "been a lot worse" if she had not had the first dose of the vaccine a month ago, because she has underlying health issues.

Heaton was a member of the pop group Liberty X from 2001 until they announced their split in 2007.

Michelle Heaton and husband Hugh Hanley arriving for the Pride of Britain Awards in 2019. Credit: PA

She said her family all found out they had coronavirus after being randomly tested as part of a medical trial they have been taking part in.

Heaton, 41, wrote on Instagram: "I had the (Pfizer) jab a month ago, proving (not that it doesn't work) but that we must all still be careful!

Without my first jab, the NHS nurses I spoke to yesterday said thank God I accepted it, as a person with many underlying health issues I could have been alot worse, or may be hospitalised - I'm doing OK, enough strength to tell the kids off anyway and they are taking this news so well so proud of them both considering this week we were going to start with friends and bbqs!

Michelle Heaton, Instagram post

Heaton praised the NHS, saying medics "spent the whole day reassuring us and meticulously covering all grounds of where one of us could have got it, also who could get it from us".

She added: "As kids go back to school and we start to see more people, we really need to face that some of us are going to get it.

"So, as I fall back asleep and get my husband more paracetamol from the draw.... let's all support our amazing #nhs #staysafe #vaccine."

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