James Argent was pictured arriving at his doctor’s office in Essex on Tuesday to receive his first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid vaccine.
At 26, the former TOWIE star, 33, is in a priority group due to his severe overweight and asthma. He had previously said he could have “ serious problems ” if he caught the deadly virus.
James, who plans to have life-saving gastric surgery after his doctor called his weight ‘dangerous territory’, drove to his appointment on his blue Vespa.
Getting his jab: James Argent was pictured arriving at his doctor’s office in Essex on Tuesday to receive his first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine
The vaccine rollout last week has moved into the next phase, with those over 65s and younger with underlying health issues in England being offered the vaccine as the program moves down the priority list.
James last month opened up about his plans to have vital gastric surgery after his weight hit 26 stones.
He also revealed how obesity has “serious implications for my heart” – which worries him because both of his parents suffer from heart problems.
Priority: At 26, the former TOWIE star, 33, is in a priority group due to his severe overweight and asthma
Vaccinated: The reality TV star was pictured coming out of surgery holding her appointment card and leaflet with information about the jab
Speaking about cowardly women, he told the panel: ‘My doctor said the weight I am carrying right now, 26 stones, is dangerous territory. My mom and dad both have heart problems and my dad has a pacemaker, so there could be serious consequences for my heart.
“People are even telling me, with my weight as it is right now, if I catch Covid I could be one of the people who could be in serious trouble.
He added: “It’s difficult because it’s intense and serious. This is nothing to be taken lightly. I know if I work hard I can do it. It’s just a matter of maintaining it. I have always struggled to find a happy medium.
“ I think from the research I’ve done this can potentially help me in terms of portion control. It will help me in the long run. Health is number one.
“I’m spinning three different clothes because that’s all that suits me right now. Not all of my friends and family said it was too drastic – I think I have to go.
James cut a casual figure for his date in a black Rolling Stones hoodie from their song “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”
He paired the look with orange sneakers and black joggers.
Priority: Vaccine rollout last week moved to the next phase, with those over 65s and younger with underlying health issues in England being offered the vaccine as the program moves down the priority list
Fear for health: James, who last month said he planned to have gastric surgery after his doctor called his weight ‘dangerous territory’, traveled to surgery on his blue Vespa
James cut a relaxed figure for his date in a black Rolling Stones hoodie from their song ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’
Health issues that make priority group six patients eligible for a vaccine
Blood cancer (such as leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma)
A heart problem
A chest complaint or difficulty breathing, including bronchitis, emphysema, or severe asthma
Reduced immunity due to illness or treatment (such as HIV infection, steroids, chemotherapy or radiation therapy)
Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or psoriasis (which may require long-term immunosuppressive therapy)
Have had an organ transplant
Has had a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA)
Neurological disease or muscle wasting
A severe or profound learning disability
A problem with your spleen, for example sickle cell anemia, or you have had your spleen removed
Are severely overweight (BMI 40 and over)
Are seriously mentally ill
James recently confessed that although he is now marking a year of sobriety after overcoming his drug addiction, his weight has left him too embarrassed to leave the house and he spends hours alone comfortably eating.
He told The Sun: ‘I don’t want to die. The only way to lose weight is surgery. I see pictures of myself and it’s too upsetting. The other day I had to ask my manager to put my shoes on for me because I just couldn’t do it – my stomach is too big. I cannot tie my own laces.
“I don’t want to die, it’s that simple. Doctors have told me that I am morbidly obese and need to lose weight, but I have an eating disorder so I cannot.
James said he was now wondering what form of stomach surgery to undergo with the two operations costing around £ 10,000 each.
He decides between a gastric bypass, which sees part of the stomach stapled to make it smaller, and a sleeve gastrectomy, which is a more permanent procedure that involves removing a large part of the stomach.
Both surgeries will dramatically reduce the amount of food James can eat, meaning he will lose weight, and the star has said he has to decide in the coming weeks how to proceed.
The media personality has faced a much-publicized battle with his weight, which has fluctuated considerably since he rose to fame in 2010.
In 2015, the musician was the thinnest he had ever been, having transformed his physique by losing a whopping four stone.
But since then James’ weight has picked up again, and he has confessed that he is now too ashamed to leave his home during the day, and he waits until it gets dark to go out in the hopes that he won’t be. recognized.
The Essex native said even his close friend Mark Wright was moved to tears by his size and ultimately convinced him to face it by stepping on the scales.
James admitted that they were stunned to see that he weighed nearly 27 stones and warned him that he had to take his height seriously as it was having a serious effect on his health.