Dominic Houghton, 23, told BBC North West Tonight he thought his “body would be able to just brush it off” but he was admitted to hospital in Liverpool with Covid-19.

He had decided not to get vaccinated but after seven days battling the virus his breathing “got really, really sharp” and he took himself to A&E.

In the North West of England, only 63.7% of people aged 18-24 have had at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine – 4.2% below the national average.

One in five people in hospital with Covid in England are aged 18-34.

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