Jo Whiley recalls her anger after disabled sister Frances, 53, couldn't get a ...

Jo Whiley has revealed her frustration at the fact her sister Frances was not able to get her COVID-19 jab when the vaccination programme began, despite being eligible.

Frances, 53, has Cri Du Chat syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that results in delayed development.

Due to her condition, Frances resides in a care home, with citizens of these establishments being some of the first adults to become eligible for a vaccination when the programme was first rolled out in the UK last December.

Although Frances has since had the vaccine in March, it came after she was left 'fighting for her life' following an outbreak at her care home.

Frustration: Jo Whiley has revealed her frustration at the fact that her sister Frances was not able to get her COVID-19 jab when the vaccination programme began despite being eligible

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Frustration: Jo Whiley has revealed her frustration at the fact that her sister Frances was not able to get her COVID-19 jab when the vaccination programme began despite being eligible

Radio 2 presenter Jo, 55, has explained the 'rage' she felt when she found out that her sister's local GP would not be able to give her a dose as she was 'not in the right tier'.

Speaking to Good Housekeeping magazine, she explained: 'I remember watching breakfast TV and they were saying: "Everyone in care homes is being vaccinated".

'I thought, "Hang on, Frances is in a care home - no they're not". When I contacted her GP, they just said, "She's not in the right tier; we can't do anything".

Rare condition: Frances, 53, has Cri Du Chat syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that results in delayed development. Due to her condition, Frances resides in a care home, with citizens of these establishments being some of the first adults to become eligible for a vaccination when the programme was first rolled out in the UK last December

Rare condition: Frances, 53, has Cri Du Chat syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that results in delayed development. Due to her condition, Frances resides in a care home, with citizens of these establishments being some of the first adults to become eligible for a vaccination when the programme was first rolled out in the UK last December

'Rage': However Radio 2 presenter Jo, 55, has explained the 'rage' she felt when she found out that her sister's local GP would not be able to give her a dose as she was 'not in the right tier'

'Rage': However Radio 2 presenter Jo, 55, has explained the 'rage' she felt when she found out that her sister's local GP would not be able to give her a dose as she was 'not in the right tier'

'I felt utterly powerless and angry, too. As the nightmare unfolded and Frances became ill, I had this rage inside me. I realised how people with disabilities had been neglected, because they don't have a voice.'

Jo also opened up her relationship with husband Steve Morton - who she has been married to since 1991 - and how despite their different personalities, they have been able to work together as a 'good team'.

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She continued: 'Because we're so different, I'm quiet and calm and Steve's loud and vivacious. I also now appreciate what a good team we are.

'When we were going through these horrific decisions with Frances, he was there, asking the right questions and helping my parents. I saw a strength in him that I'd never seen before.'

Happy couple: Jo also opened up her relationship with husband Steve Morton - who she has been married to since 1991 - and how despite their different personalities, they have been able to work together as a 'good team' (pictured in 2010)

Happy couple: Jo also opened up her relationship with husband Steve Morton - who she has been married to since 1991 - and how despite their different personalities, they have been able to work together as a 'good team' (pictured in 2010)

Good news: In March, the star revealed her relief at the fact that Frances would finally be able to get her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, a month after she battled the illness

Good news: In March, the star revealed her relief at the fact that Frances would finally be able to get her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, a month after she battled the illness

In March, the star revealed her relief at the fact that Frances would finally be able to get her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, a month after she battled the illness.

Frances was left seriously ill in February after an outbreak at her care home, with her family even discussing 'end of life' care.

Speaking on her radio show at the time, Jo said: 'My sister gets her vaccination this coming weekend. It has been a long time coming.

'You have to wait a month after you have had Covid but it finally comes this weekend so we could not be happier about that as well.'

Illness: Frances was left seriously ill in February after an outbreak at her care home, with her family even discussing 'end of life' care

Illness: Frances was left seriously ill in February after an outbreak at her care home, with her family even discussing 'end of life' care

In February, Jo revealed her heartbreak that she was offered the vaccine while her sister was desperately ill in hospital with the virus.

She said: 'I would give up my vaccine in a heartbeat, if I could, for my sister and any of the residents in her house to have their vaccine… it does not feel right.

'She's fighting for her life in hospital. It couldn't be crueller.'

'A long time coming': Speaking on her radio show at the time, Jo said: 'My sister gets her vaccination this coming weekend. It has been a long time coming. 'You have to wait a month after you have had Covid but it finally comes this weekend so we could not be happier about that as well.'

'A long time coming': Speaking on her radio show at the time, Jo said: 'My sister gets her vaccination this coming weekend. It has been a long time coming. 'You have to wait a month after you have had Covid but it finally comes this weekend so we could not be happier about that as well.'

Jo also claimed Frances 'refused to talk to [her]' or her family when she was offered the Covid-19 vaccine first.

Making an appearance on This Morning, the BBC Radio DJ said her sibling's

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