A mother of four in Texas refused to be vaccinated against Covid 19, but after losing her husband to the virus and contracting it herself, she wanted to die: immunize her children.
Lydia Rodriguez, 42, a piano teacher in the small town of La Marque, died Monday, two weeks after her husband, Lawrence, 49, died of the virus.
Rodriguez’s cousin Dotty Jones told local television station ABC13 that the couple did not believe in the vaccine. It was too late when Rodriguez changed his mind.
“One of the last things she said to her sister before she was intubated was, ‘Please make sure my kids get vaccinated,'” Jones said. She would still be there for her children. “
The pair were among tens of millions of Americans who have yet to receive a single dose of the covid vaccine as the Delta variety spreads rapidly across the country.
Only 59.6 percent of eligible Americans have been fully vaccinated against the virus as the government’s large-scale immunization campaign faces resistance from politically conservative states such as Texas.
As matters escalate, US authorities this week approved a third coveted shot for all American adults. The booster will be available in late September.
Jones, a nurse, said she tried to persuade Rodriguez to get vaccinated, but to no avail.
“It just breaks my heart that people are believing the misinformation that is out there,” he said. “Misinformation is killing people, and we need to get the truth out of there.”
Jones set up a fundraising campaign to help the couple’s children and decided to spread the word to raise awareness and encourage people to get vaccinated.
“It’s really happening in our family, and that’s the true story of what could happen,” Jones said. “I’m not trying to scare people. I just want people to understand that the virus is real, and that this delta variety is the most brutal we’ve ever seen.”
In Texas, one of the largest states in the United States, the Delta virus has become the dominant strain, and deaths have risen sharply, mostly in immunizations.
But as a sign of hope, vaccinations have been given in Texas in recent weeks. According to official figures, about 55% of Texans over the age of 12 are now fully vaccinated and 66% have received at least one dose.
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