A vaccinated dad in “excellent health” has died from Covid after he was unable to get a booster jab in time for the Christmas holidays.
Greg Bourque was found dead at his home in California, the US, days after he tested positive for the virus after visiting family during the festive period.
The 55-year-old’s grieving partner Jen Fromme said he told her to stay at her mum’s to avoid her contracting the virus too.
Jen, who had been a relationship with Greg for three years, said she agreed to drive back the following day but was told the heartbreaking news of his death before she was able to do so.
Describing him as in “excellent health”, Jen said Greg told her he was “feeling terrible” after catching the virus.
She said he didn’t say what symptoms he was experiencing.
Jen told news station KGTV that the pair both double-jabbed, but they initially put off getting their booster shot after weighing up whether it was necessary.
In the end they decided to get the third dose of the vaccine before Christmas – but when they tried several pharmacies they had run out of supplies.
The couple managed to book their boosters for the first week of January before tragedy struck.
Greg leaves behind a 13-year-old son.
Jen is now urging people to get their booster jabs as soon as possible.
She said: “Looking back, I wish we would have gotten it sooner. This is scary business. Please get your vaccine and booster.”
A fundraiser has been launched by the couple’s friend Donna McMillen to help Jen financially, who is also waiting for an operation on her shoulder.
She said on the post: “A few days ago Greg was positive for Covid..
“Jen was away visiting her mom and had planned to drive back to help care for him.
“Greg assured her he was okay and she agreed to drive back the following day.
“The next day, Jen received a call from Greg’s son who said, “I won’t be here and neither will dad”.
“Jen asked what he was talking about and then heard the words nobody ever want to hear about their person, someone they love.
“Greg had passed, suddenly and at home.
“Distraught doesn’t begin to describe the loss of Greg to Jen and his family. Jen and Greg were partners, best friends and the other’s hope come true. Thankfully Jen has tested negative twice.”
She continued: “I’m asking for Jen’s friends, family and any human who knows how difficult this is. Please help ease some of Jen’s stress.
“She has a long awaited shoulder surgery next week and her leave support has run out. The arrow to the heart and financial burden is so much to bear.”