After son dies of COVID, mother holds vaccine drive at his funeral
An inner mask recommendation has been issued in New Orleans and Louisiana is facing a serious setback in its fight against the coronavirus.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards is grappling with the highest number of COVID infections since winter, leading to a surge in hospital admissions.
"I actually lost my breath today with the daily update," said Edwards.
Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, and Nevada are the hardest hit states right now - as unvaccinated Americans are driving these trends.
Betty Antoine's 46-year-old son Brandon became a COVID statistic - despite pleading with him to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
"I pleaded with him and said, 'You have to take the vaccine, Brandon.' "Oh no, mom, I won't take it. And you better not take the vaccine, "Antoine recalled in an interview with David Begnaud of CBS News.
"Has he ever spoken to his doctor?" asked Begnaud.
"His doctor wanted him to take the vaccine. He said no," said Betty.
He told his mother and friends that he had done the research and would wait, but Antoine said her son had left his friends with an important detail.
"He hasn't told his friends about all of the underlying health conditions he had. He had a bad heart. He had lung problems, COPD," she said. Brandon was tested for COVID-19 and died six later. Antoine stood by his bed and said she was overwhelmed with a sense of purpose.
“First of all, I was so full of ... I want to say angry. I was kind of angry, not so much at him, but because he didn't take the vaccine, ”she said. "And I said I'll ask his friends and everyone to take this vaccine in his honor."
Antoine offered COVID-19 vaccines during his funeral. Three people appeared that day to take the vaccine, and 10 more followed later.
"I just wanted you to see Brandon's ashes. I wanted you to know, look, Brandon's dead because he didn't take the vaccine," she said.
Of the 100 million unvaccinated Americans, many are in the health care sector.
"To protect patients, we must not have a virus in us," said Christopher Thomas, an intensive care doctor at Baton Rouge. "We did this because of the flu. We have to be patient-centered. And that requires us, as healthcare professionals, to take the first step in that first step by getting vaccinated."
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