Love Island star gets Covid jab after battling illness TWICE

"The beginning of the end 🙏🏼"

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by Red Edwards |
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Love Island 2016 star Rachel Fenton has revealed she's had the Covid vaccination after contracting the virus twice.

The former Islander and NHS nurse has opened up to her followers and explained that she tested positive for the virus back in December, after first catching it in March.

"I’ve been re-infected with COVID-19. I tested positive back in March and also had the antibodies. I knew reinfection did happen but I didn’t think it was that common?

"I think it’s important people know that reinfection is happening, it could be the new strain?," she wrote on Instagram.

Being completely open and transparent, she continued, "I’ve had another positive swab recently. I had very mild symptoms which were not like the symptoms I had before. Has anyone else experienced a second positive Covid-19 swab?"

Now, six weeks after her second battle with Covid-19, Rachel has finally received her vaccine jab.

Taking to the 'gram she posted a photo of herself posed in a cream knitted sweater and sported a surgical face mask, whilst a fellow nurse is seen poking the needle into her arm.

Clearly relieved and super grateful, the 28-year-old shared her gratitude to the doctors and scientists who are doing all they can to help us fight this nasty virus.

"The beginning of the end 🙏🏼 thank you to all the incredible doctors and scientists for creating this vaccine and helping us become one step further to beating this virus💉," she wrote.

Rachel has been very vocal on social media during her battles with Covid, and she has described a variety of her symptoms to fans who asked.

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Love Island's saddest moments ever

Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham1 of 11

Dani and Jack's HUGE row

Everyone was left in despair after Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham had their first major row. It all kicked off after Jack failed three of the questions on the lie detector test but she Essex girl was mainly annoyed after he failed the question on his head being turned on the outside.Eek!When Dani confronted her other half things didn't go down well and they went on to have a row, with Danny Dyer's daughter storming off and Jack branding her actions "pathetic".Luckily they kissed and made up the next day and all seems to be forgotten about withJack even winning over Eastenders' Danny Dyer.Telly tally: 6 (It was upsetting but we didn't actually cry)

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Megan breaking down over her insecurities

Following that lie detector test where all of the boys failed at least one of the questions, poor Megan was left crying after Wes lied and said she WAS wifey material but the test revealed he was lying. Opening up to her boyfriend she broke down in tears and revealed her insecurities about her former jobs. She explained: "If you had a son that was good at everything like you are - smart and intelligent - would you want them to come back with a girl that's done glamour modelling and stripping. "You'd want them to get with a girl who is smart; like a doctor or sensible Sally who works in an office... You know that I'm embarrassed about my past and I know if my brother brought back a girl that has done the jobs I've done - it's not ideal."Luckily, Wes was there to comfort his lady and reassured her.N'aww.Tear tally: 8 (because after opening up about her insecurities we all became Team Megan)

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Lee Sharpe rejects Jayne Middlemiss

TV personality Jayne Middlemiss fell hard for former football ace Lee Sharpe. She was left heartbroken when Lee confessed his feelings for fellow contestant Abi Titmuss. Jayne got emotional when she confronted Lee by asking why he fell for Abi. She then made a heartfelt but savvy speech that we can ALL relate to: "You binned me off. Accept the fact and get over it. It was the best thing you did for me. It was huge. My biggest fear in life is rejection. It doesn't scare me now. Now we've got something deeper than if we had a stupid thing. Not to say it would have been a stupid thing."Tear tally: 6

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Zara Holland stripped of her Miss England title

Zara Holland was stripped of her Miss GB title after having sex with Alex Bowen. She broke down in tears, telling the other girls she felt like she'd let her family down and was worried that people would judge her. The girls rightly assured her that people would be fuming at the decision to strip a young woman of the title because she had sex. Hear, hear!Tear tally: 7

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Sophie Gradon leaves the villa

After a confusing week - which saw Sophie Gradon dump Tom Powell, share a sneaky snog with Katie Salmon, end things with a fiery argument, then decide she actually loves Tom - Sophie decided to leave the villa. Sophie had an emotional time on the island and we were relieved to see her leaving with a smile on her face. Tear tally: 7We were later devastated to hear tragic reports of Sophie's death two years after the show.

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Camilla Thurlow cries while Johnny Mitchell snogs Tyla Carr

Camilla Thurlow was ALL of us when she cried on Marcel Somerville's shoulder, while her love interest Johnny Mitchell stuck his tongue down Tyla Carr's tongue (who has since had a baby with a mystery man, BTW). She cried: "I honestly thought it was going somewhere, I just started to let myself get excited. I think this is always end up going to me."But Camilla was the real winner in the situation after delivering THAT feminism lesson to Johnny. Tear tally: 8 (because we've all been there, honey)

Amber Davies7 of 11

End of the road for Kember?

It very nearly looked like the end for Love Island 2017 favourites Kem Cetinay and Amber Davies. Kem revealed to Amber that he felt friend-zoned and mugged off after a re-coupling. Viewers could hardly breathe as Amber cried: "I just don't think I'm the right one for you at all. If I'm making you unhappy then there's no point."It was a precarious moment, but thankfully the pair became boyfriend and girlfriend before going on the win the show and split the money. Oh but they split up a few months later.Tear tally: 6

Dom Lever8 of 11

Dom storms out of villa after hearing about Jess and Mike

Dom Lever was in floods of tears when Jess Shears left the villa. He sobbed: "It's the little things that are getting to me - who do you wake up with? Who brings you coffee in the morning?" But Marcel Somerville had to deliver the news that Jess had shared a night of passion with Mike Thalassitis in the outside world. He then stormed out of the villa before returning and telling Marcel: ""I know it was real, I was true to her and I thought it was special."Tear tally: 9 (he was properly blubbering, guys)

Dani Dyer9 of 11

Dani breaks down over cruel video

Fans were furious when producers broke up lovebirds Jack Fincham and Dani Dyer by shipping the boys off to Casa Amor. They then sent Dani a craftily edited video of Jack's ex Ellie Jones entering the villa, which suggested that something was going on between the two of them. Dani broke down in tears and over 600 viewers complained to OfCom. Nobody messes with the nation's sweethearts.Tear tally: 9 (if Dani cries, we cry)

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Georgia stays loyal, while Josh strays

While the boys were in Casa Amor with an army of new girls, Georgia Steel stayed loyal to Josh Denzel and turned down the chance to re-couple with a new boy.But Josh returned to the villa with Kazimir Crossley on his arm, while Georgia stood solo and whispered: "How could you do this to me Josh?"We admired Georgia for taking a deep breath, swallowing her anger and carrying on.Tear tally: 7

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Samira is distraught as Frankie is sent home

There have been a couple of notable teary times from Samira Mighty. Firstly, she cried in frustration to Megan Barton Hanson, confused at why no one ever fancies her (which is a fair enough question because she's mega-babez). And when Samira finally DID find love with Frankie Foster, the public cruelly voted him out just days later. Samira broke down, crying: "I just don't understand."NEITHER DO WE, SAMIRA.Tear tally: 9 (mostly because she also had to put up with Alex in the first week)

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Whilst suffering with the illness, and it's variety of symptoms, Rachel wrote on social media, "It's scary and uncertain for so many - I'm determined to beat this virus as soon as possible so I can get back to the hospital to help those most in need.

"Sending love to everyone & hope you're all staying safe and well x".

Such a kind-hearted queen, ugh we love her.

This was certainly a promise as Rachel has since returned to work and continues to provide care for those who need it most.

Just four days ago, she uploaded an Insta post and captioned it, "We keep on fighting 🙏🏼 I know so many of you (myself included) are probably struggling with lockdown and life in general right now but I’m wishing you all a positive Wednesday, be kind to yourselves ♥️"

So much love ❤️.

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