'It's Too Late': Doctor Says Dying COVID-19 Patients Are Begging For Vaccines
An Alabama doctor advocated vaccination against COVID-19 as she shared dire reports of young, healthy, and unvaccinated people dying from the disease.
The sobering news from Dr. Brytney Cobia, posted on Facebook on Sunday, was liked and shared a thousand times.
“One of the last things you do before you get intubated is ask me for the vaccine. I hold her hand and tell them I'm sorry, but it's too late, "she said of her COVID-19 patient.
“A few days later, when I call the time of death, I hug their family members and tell them the best way to honor their loved ones is to get vaccinated and encourage everyone you know to do the same.
"They cry. And they tell me they don't know. They thought it was a joke. They thought it was political. They thought because they had a certain blood type or skin color they wouldn't get so sick. They thought it was 'just the flu'. "
But they were wrong, she said, and they can't go back.
“So thank me and get the vaccine. And I go back to my office, write her obituary notice and say a little prayer that this loss will save more lives, ”she wrote.
As the highly contagious Delta variant increases across the country, the coronavirus is hitting the unvaccinated population with tremendous force. In Alabama, 94% of COVID-19 hospital patients and 96% of Alabamers who have died of COVID-19 since April were not fully vaccinated, AL.com reports.
Alabama is among the states with the lowest percentage of the vaccinated population, with only 34% being fully vaccinated.
Cobia, who works at Grandview Medical Center in Birmingham, told AL.com the recent influx of patients reminded her of last November, just before the peak of COVID-19 cases and deaths in Alabama.
"What we saw in December 2020 and January 2021 was the absolute peak, the peak of the pandemic, when I signed 10 death certificates a day," she said.
For the vaccine reluctant, she encouraged people to voice their concerns with their own doctors. She says she often finds that people who are not vaccinated have not spoken to their doctor, but have made their decision based on information from other sources.
“And most of them are very honest, they give me answers. "I talked to this person, I saw this thing on Facebook, I got this email, I saw this on the news," you know, "these are all reasons I wasn't vaccinated," said you.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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