“I hospitalize young healthy people with very serious COVID infections. One of the last things they do before they are intubated is to ask me for the vaccine. I hold their hand and tell them I’m sorry that, but it’s too late, ”Dr. Brytney Cobia wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday.
“A few days later, when I call the time of death, I hug their family members and I tell them that the best way to honor their loved one is to be vaccinated and encourage everyone they know to do the same,” the doctor’s position continues to say.
Cobia stated the reasons why people are reluctant to get the vaccine.
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“They thought it was a scam. They thought it was political. They thought that because they had a certain blood type or a certain skin color, they would not get so sick,” she wrote. “They thought it was ‘just the flu’. But they were wrong. And they wished they could go back.”
Cobia’s post has received more than 7,000 shares on Facebook as of Wednesday night.
COVID-19 cases nearly tripled in the United States within two weeks amid an onslaught of misinformation about vaccines burdening hospitals and exhausting doctors.
Across the United States, the seven-day rolling average for daily new cases over the past two weeks rose to more than 37,000 on Tuesday, up from less than 13,700 on July 6, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Health officials blame the Delta variant and reduce vaccination rates. Only 56.2% of all Americans have received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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