A teen girl who fell critically ill after contracting COVID-19 has urged young people across the globe to get vaccinated in a recent tweet that’s going viral.

Maisy Evans, 17, was all set to return to classes next Monday.

However, the highly infectious virus wreaked havoc on her health, and she’s currently struggling for breath. She is now on the road to recovery at Cwmbran's Grange hospital in the UK.

While the tweet garnered mammoth attention, a section of users attributed her serious condition to the Pfizer jab that she had taken on Aug. 11. But, the assumption was cleverly refuted by Evans, who clarified that it had been confirmed by medical professionals that the Covid-related blood clot in her right lung wasn’t vaccine-induced.

The otherwise healthy teen enthused how the severe symptoms are unexplained as she didn’t suffer from any underlying health conditions. Evans complained of body ache on Aug. 13, and was tested positive within 12 hours. She was hospitalized on Aug. 25.

According to BBC News, the former member of the Welsh Youth Parliament implored other teens to refrain from undermining the efficacy of the vaccine in a recent tweet. She also averred that “the virus is not a joke for young people and that those eligible must get vaccinated”. Evans said that she opened up about her story solely out of a desire to encourage her peers to protect themselves against the coronavirus.

Evans, a student of Torfaen's Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw, said CT scans had revealed that her condition was aggravated by her infection. She suffers from headaches, breathlessness, sickness, achy muscles, dizziness, and a loss of taste and smell. Evans was reportedly administered antibiotics, steroids, morphine, and blood thinners and will remain at the hospital for a few more days.

Evans, who was unable to get on a telephonic interview with BBC Wales, interacted with the media outlet via text messages.

In spite of it all, Evans expressed her dismay over seeing young anti-vaxxers sticking to their stance that her condition was virus-induced. The teen chided them by stating how people with absolutely no medical qualifications were trying to tell her that the virus caused the blood clot. She stated how the misinformation that was floating around was only causing more damage amid a global health crisis by scaring people away from the only thing that could save their lives.

As per Public Health Wales, 47,538 have received the first dose and 8,347 have had a second vaccine as well. That means uptake of the first jab stands at 58.4% and 10.3% for the second jab. Wales has opened up walk-in clinics across town in order for people to avail themselves of a dose at their convenience.

Evans expressed gratitude to the frontline workers and nurses who continue to check on her. She signed off by stating how imperative it was for people to understand the gravity of the situation, and how terribly unlucky one could get, as was in her case.

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A medic places two vials of COVID-19 coronavirus vaccines (L to R): Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, on a table before administering doses at a Clalit Health Services Medical Centre in east Jerusalem on August 10, 2021. Photo by Hazem Bader/AFP via Getty Images

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