Dr Alex George has shared his optimism for the potential COVID-19 vaccine that was announced on Monday.
Taking to Instagram following the news, the Love Island star, 30, posted a snap of himself at hospital in his surgical gear, where he has shared many updates during the pandemic.
Looking hopeful, he captioned the snap: ‘VACCINE PROGRESS! Although the trial data is yet to be finalized the optimist inside me can’t help but smile.
Hopeful: Dr Alex George has shared his optimism for the potential COVID-19 vaccine that was announced on Monday
‘There are questions still to be answered but the current data suggests this vaccine has the potential of being 90% effective, following two doses.
‘As a medic I know we must wait for the full results but I still can’t help feeling gassed!
‘After the year we have all had it’s great to have some good news!
‘THANK YOU to all the scientists, researchers and of course brave volunteers who have worked tirelessly on this vaccine!’
Light at the end of the tunnel? The global race to find a coronavirus vaccine took a leap forward on Monday when pharma companies Pfizer and BioNTech claimed their experimental jab is 90 per cent effective
The global race to find a coronavirus vaccine took a leap forward on Monday when pharma companies Pfizer and BioNTech claimed their experimental jab is 90 per cent effective.
Boris Johnson promised the UK will be at the ‘front of the pack’ for the new vaccine after the massive breakthrough.
Aside from battling the virus on the front line and splitting from his girlfriend, Alex has experienced the death of his little brother Llyr this year.
Taking to Instagram following the news, the Love Island star captioned his latest post: ‘VACCINE PROGRESS! Although the trial data is yet to be finalized the optimist inside me can’t help but smile’
Last month he thanked his other brother Elliott for being his ‘rock’ after Llyr’s tragic death.
Taking to Instagram, Alex shared a sweet snap with his rarely-seen brother as they enjoyed a day at a car race track, saying how proud of him he was.
Alex and Elliott’s younger sibling Llyr George, tragically passed away in July aged 19 and was just weeks away from getting into medical school and following in his brother Alex’s footsteps.
Family: Dr Alex has thanked his brother Elliott for being his ‘rock’ after the tragic death of their other sibling Llyr earlier this year
Sharing a photo of himself with his arm around Elliott at Donnington Park Race Circuit, Alex wrote: ‘So proud of my brother, been such a rock for me over the last few months.
‘Love you mate! Family first’
Earlier this month, Alex said that educating children about mental health should be made a ‘priority’ at schools.
Terrible: Alex and Elliot’s younger sibling Llŷr George (right), tragically passed away in July aged 19 and was just weeks away from getting into medical school
The reality star is doing ‘everything in his power’ to help others after his younger sibling Llŷr passed away this summer.
Talking on Lorraine, Dr Alex said mental health should be taught alongside maths and English as it’s important to provide children with a toolkit.
He was talking as part of ITV’s mental wellness campaign and fundraiser, Britain Get Talking, ahead of World Mental Health Day on Saturday.
Education: Earlier this month Alex said that educating children about mental health should be made a ‘priority’ at schools
He told Lorraine Kelly: ‘We’re really moving into a mental health crisis in schools and around the country.
‘Recent statistics released show there’s been over 1.5million increases in the number of cases of children struggling with their mental health since Covid and very sadly, a sharp increase in the number of suicides too, so we do have to take it seriously.’
Dr Alex said that while there is some ‘fantastic work’ being done across the country, every child deserves the right to good mental health education.
Mental health awareness: The reality star is doing ‘everything in his power’ to help others after his younger sibling Llŷr passed away this summer
He said: ‘There’s some fantastic work being done… people who are really passionate about this and there are incredible resources out there with Time to Change, Heads Together, but we need to integrate that in all schools around the country.
‘So you haven’t just got pockets of good mental health teaching and support, it should be in every school.
‘In my opinion, every child has a right to good mental health education and good mental health support, which means counsellors in every school.’
Dr Alex said there needs to be funding for mental health education at schools and it should sit as a subject alongside maths and English.
Important: He was talking as part of ITV’s mental wellness campaign and fundraiser, Britain Get Talking, ahead of World Mental Health Day
He said: ‘Talking is really important, but we need to have funding for schools around mental health specifically and to make it a priority.
‘Around the next year, there is relationship and sex education teaching happening in school, but my issue is… not to criticise it at all because it’s great to be doing that… but mental health is a part of that.
‘For me, it should sit alongside maths, English, other subjects because unless you’re happy and healthy, how can you learn and how can you be productive?
‘We all have times which are up and down in life and giving our children the opportunity to have that toolkit, the resource and ability to understand their thoughts and feelings and look after themselves is important.’
Praise: Dr Alex also praised the The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for spearheading the mental health initiative, Heads Together (pictured in September)
Dr Alex also praised the The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for spearheading the mental health initiative, Heads Together.
He said: ‘It’s really powerful having people like this, who we all look up to, saying, “This really can happen”.’
It comes after Dr Alex revealed that losing his brother has encouraged him to do ‘everything in his power’ to help others struggling with mental health issues.
In an interview with MailOnline, the Love Island star detailed the Fresher & Healthy campaign by Scape, the student living specialists – aiming to safeguard pupils’ mental and physical health as they return to university amid COVID-19.
The healthcare professional shared his motivation behind launching the initiative as he said: ‘Mental health is an illness and when you lose someone you love to that illness it encourages you to do everything in your power to ensure people see it and treat it in that way.
‘As an A&E doctor, it is very important to me to make sure people are aware that they must act if they are experiencing feelings of depression, anxiety or stress.’
The media personality went on to stress the importance of reaching out to others, adding: ‘No one is alone in their battle with mental health, there are people and organisations that can help.
‘It’s so important that we get the message out there that young people can and should ask for help if they are not feeling well mentally.
‘There is always someone you can speak to whilst at university and it’s just making sure that students are aware of the resources out there to help them.
‘For instance at Scape, there is always somebody to talk to, be it the reception team (who are mental health trained) or Scape’s Wellbeing Manager. There is also an app that students can use to ask for help from the comfort of their own room.
‘Helping young adults to feel safe, by providing them with the correct medical insights and practical health advice, is an area I’m very passionate about personally.’
Alex has been keeping busy working on the NHS frontline amid the coronavirus pandemic, an experience he’s documented on social media.
If you have been affected by this story, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org.
‘Young people should ask for help’: It comes after Dr Alex revealed that losing his brother has encouraged him to do ‘everything in his power’ to help others struggling with mental health