I thought that my heart had been hardened, but, it still breaks. I can’t get past the numbers. 99.2% of our COVID DEAD TODAY are among the UNVACCINATED.
99 out of every 100 COVID DEATHS IS UNNECCESSARY TODAY.
99 out of every 100 COVID DEATHS COULD BE PREVENTED.
I can’t get past that.
‘I’m sorry, but it’s too late’: Alabama doctor on treating unvaccinated, dying COVID patients
Updated 12:19 PM; Today 7:00 AM
By Dennis Pillion | firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Brytney Cobia said Monday that all but one of her COVID patients in Alabama did not receive the vaccine. The vaccinated patient, she said, just needed a little oxygen and is expected to fully recover. Some of the others are dying.
“I’m admitting young healthy people to the hospital with very serious COVID infections,” wrote Cobia, a hospitalist at Grandview Medical Center in Birmingham, in an emotional Facebook post Sunday. “One of the last things they do before they’re intubated is beg me for the vaccine. I hold their hand and tell them that I’m sorry, but it’s too late.”
Three COVID-19 vaccines have been widely available in Alabama for months now, yet the state is last in the nation in vaccination rate, with only 33.7 percent of the population fully vaccinated. COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalizations are surging yet again due to the more contagious Delta variant of the virus and Alabama’s low vaccination rate.
In the United States, COVID is now a pandemic of the unvaccinated, according to the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In Alabama, state officials report 94% of COVID hospital patients and 96% of Alabamians who have died of COVID since April were not fully vaccinated.
“A few days later when I call time of death,” continued Cobia on Facebook, “I hug their family members and I tell them the best way to honor their loved one is to go get vaccinated and encourage everyone they know to do the same.”
“They cry. And they tell me they didn’t know. They thought it was a hoax. They thought it was political. They thought because they had a certain blood type or a certain skin color they wouldn’t get as sick. They thought it was ‘just the flu’. But they were wrong. And they wish they could go back. But they can’t. So they thank me and they go get the vaccine. And I go back to my office, write their death note, and say a small prayer that this loss will save more lives.”
More than 11,400 Alabamians have died of COVID so far, but midway through 2021, caring for COVID patients is a different story than it was in the beginning. Cobia said it’s different mentally and emotionally to care for someone who could have prevented their disease but chose not to.
‘This is an emergency right now’: UAB doctor on Delta variant, rising cases in Alabama.
This is a really great article in Q&A format with Dr. Michael Saag, director of the Division of Infectious Disease at UAB. He discusses #DeltaVariant in children.https://t.co/CLowKD0K1f pic.twitter.com/ipbcHBY04p
— Cleavon MD 💉 (@Cleavon_MD) July 21, 2021
34 y.o. anti-vaxxer Stephen Harmon died from COVID on July 21. On June 3rd he posted a tweet saying "I got 99 problems but a vax ain’t one." Please #GetVaccinated and wear a mask. #SoulsLostToCovid https://t.co/BkWV1DTSrd pic.twitter.com/i2ZW2MHhU7
— Cleavon MD 💉 (@Cleavon_MD) July 23, 2021
Now, these children are left without their parents😢😢😢
This Black couple refused vaxx bc of what the government did to Black people during the Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis.
I wish I could have talked to them, looked them in the eyes, explained the differences, earned their trust, impacted their lives. https://t.co/707t189KZL
— Dr. Theresa Chapple (@Theresa_Chapple) July 23, 2021